When Greenbrier girls soccer standouts Bay Daniels and Carly Ray signed their letters of intent Wednesday to play soccer at South Carolina, they made official what they had planned for at least a year.
“I feel like an official Gamecock now,” said Ray, who verbally committed to the school in October 2010.
“I’m grateful they’ve stayed healthy and have the opportunity at South Carolina,” said Carly’s father, Curt Ray. “I’m really proud of them. It’s the culmination of a lot of hard work.”
Ray scored 16 goals for the Wolfpack in the previous two seasons and was the 2011 Region 2-AAAA North Player of the Year.
Daniels suffered a knee injury early in the 2011 season and was out for the year after scoring two goals. In the 2010 campaign, though, she found the net 20 times.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s Plan A,” said Bay’s father Kent Daniel. “Bay worked really hard to come back from ACL surgery and is excited to play with the SEC champs and her best friend.”
Bay Daniels said the injury won’t hurt her performance on the field.
“It was a bump in the road, but it happened at a good time,” she said.
No matter their previous success, the girls know what they will have to do heading to a team that went 16-7, won the Southeastern Conference regular season and went to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-consecutive season in 2011.
“As an incoming class we have big shoes to fill. Obviously, we’ll have to bust our butts in practice,” Ray said.
In the meantime, both say they are focused on the 2012 season and are committed to helping the Wolfpack win the region after falling in the second round of the playoffs last year.