Posted on 06 October 2015.
BY JULIA BRILLIANT
Junior Samantha Bornstein has been dreaming of playing soccer for a Division 1 college ever since she first stepped on a soccer field.
Students athletes at the Bay have been playing sports for years in school and out of school to commit to a college and continue their passion for the game they play.
Senior Maria Munoz committed to Florida Tech during her junior year of high school. She said she wanted to play soccer in college, but her deciding factors for committing was distance, location, money and playing time.
“I traveled and sacrificed a lot to play soccer and I cannot imagine life without it,” Munoz said. “Some schools that gave me offers told me that I would not be starting and that is not ideal for me.”
During the recruiting process coaches come to showcases and games. If they are interested in a player they will reach out to them.
“For me, I went to visit schools when they were interested in me so I could practice with the team to get a feel of how they work there,” Munoz said. “It took three months to decide. I was waiting on offers form University of South Florida, Florida Atlantic University and University of Alabama.”
Athletes start committing during sophomore year. The earlier that a player commits, the more money he or she will be able to receive for scholarships because there’s a limited amount of money for each school. They must give a 24-hour notice to the school if they want to commit there or not.
“When I chose Florida Tech I knew that I would make a big impact on the team,” Munoz said. “It was a plus that I received a full scholarship.”
Soccer Coach Dwyer says she gets very excited when one of her girl’s commit to a college.
“The amount of hard work and travel these girls put in year round is very tough on them, so it’s rewarding when they do commit and are able to relax and enjoy their high school carreer,” Coach Dwyder said.
Coach Dwyer coached Divison 1 and is able to help them during their process of committing.
“I am able to help the girls with what they need to do early on in their high school career such as emailing college coaches starting their freshman year,” Coach Dwyer said.
Bornstein said she is currently dealing with the pressure of committing and finding the right school for her. The size of the school, coaches, the area, and mostly what she wants to study is the factors she is looking at.
“The hardest part about committing is seeing yourself at the school and making sure you made the right choice for yourself,” Bornstein said.
Bornstein said she has a passion for soccer and could not see herself dropping the sport after high school. Which is why she decided that she wanted to play for college.
“My goal schools are High Point University and North Carolina because they have D1 soccer teams and the schools themselves are beautiful,” Bornstein said.
Bornstein said that the process is really rough for committing, and that most of the time she has to be the one to contact the coaches.
“I’m constantly calling them on a regular basis so they remember me,” Bornstein said.
Bornstein continues to strive to be a better player even when she is at her best because committing is a very competitive thing.
“Committing is a long and rough process between contacting coaches and putting your heart into the game, but it’s all worth it at the end,” Bornstein said.
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