Greenbrier High School celebrated its soccer seniors when six Wolfpack girls and boys team members signed to play in college.
Greenbrier's cafeteria was festive and packed, but the scene could have been bigger.
Because of some scheduling conflicts with family members, Alex Cohen and Lindsay Hammer waited a week, until Feb. 17, to make their college decisions official. The teammates had everyone present and were given colorful, school-specific cakes.
Cohen signed with University of South Carolina Aiken. Hammer will play at Georgia Southern as a preferred walk-on.
"It's nice, not having to worry about it," Cohen said.
Both girls played club soccer for Columbia (S.C.) United, after having played for Augusta Arsenal and before that with the Patriots.
Cohen said she chose USC Aiken because of the bond she felt with Pacers coaches and players. She is also a fan of the location.
"Kind of close to home, but not really," she said.
Pacers coaches have told Cohen she will probably play up top, at forward, where she has played at times for Greenbrier and her club teams. Based on conversations she has had with coaches, expectations will be high her first season.
"I'd like to start, make a name for myself." said Cohen., who also said she liked USC Aiken's focus on academics.
Hammer chose Georgia Southern over smaller schools because of the draw a larger campus offers. Namely, football.
"I talked to smaller schools and stuff, but I just wanted to go to Georgia Southern because I like the campus," she said. "It's a bigger school."
The future education major said she began contact with Eagles coaches through club tournaments they saw her play in. She expects to play outside back.
Hammer, who has been playing since first grade, said it was a natural progression to play in college. Her time on the field there will depend on her work ethic.
"They said if I come in and I'm in shape and I work hard, I can play," she said.
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