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Augusta Christian’s Marchant signs with Erskine in soccer

Posted: March 19, 2017 - 1:21am
Flanked by her family, Augusta Christian's Keeley Marchant signs a soccer scholarship to play at Erskine College.
Flanked by her family, Augusta Christian's Keeley Marchant signs a soccer scholarship to play at Erskine College.

Augusta Christian's Keeley Marchant said she didn't know how to feel when she signed her college offer.

With a large group of supporters looking earlier this month, the Lady Lions senior goalkeeper signed to play soccer at Erskine College.

"Today, I felt like I was almost kind of numb to it," she said. "I'm excited. I get to sign with a college. It's just really exhilarating to have all my family and friends come support me."

Marchant started playing soccer when she was 4. When she was a youth, she played baseball, basketball, football and did some swimming. She said she once kicked a football 45 yards, but she added she didn't love the sport the way she loves soccer. She also played basketball for Augusta Christian, playing every position on the court.

On the soccer field, she started as a forward and eventually moved her way back until she became a goalkeeper. The feeling, Marchant said, is different going from offense to defense.

"Getting the goals, getting the assists, working with your teammates to get that goal is a really exhilarating feeling," she said. "Now being a goalie, stopping goals to help keep your team in play and to help your teammates out is a feeling that you can't describe."

Marchant recently recorded her 300th career save in high school. She received an autographed ball that commemorated her milestone.

While she excelled on the field, Marchant started her college search with colleges like UNC Wilmington and Nova Southeastern. Colleges like Louisiana-Lafayette, Presbyterian and UNC Pembroke wanted her to come to their ID camp. She eventually narrowed her search to Barton, Converse and Erskine.

"It was a hard decision," she said. "I loved all three of the coaches. I loved all three of the teams. I think getting the scholarship that I did from Erskine helped make my decision."

Marchant now joins an Erskine program that has won 10 matches combined the past four seasons, including a 5-12 record in the fall. She said the losing doesn't bother her.

"When a couple of other girls and I came in, we helped change this program," Marchant said about the Augusta Christian program. "I felt like if I went to Erskine with a bunch of new girls, we could help change that program."

Marchant said she plans to major in athletic training with the hopes of eventually becoming a physical therapist or occupational therapist.

 

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