By Ryan Kaczmarski
Both Natalie Coury and Jaycie Brown will take their soccer skills south this fall and compete for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats.
While both girls made the choice to stay in Ohio for their college careers, the final decision to go to Cincinnati was made with different determining factors for each student-athlete.
“I fell in love with the campus and really connected with the coaches,” Coury said.
“Cincinnati is a really great choice for me and I feel like I fit in best there, both on and off the field,” Brown added.
Both girls are happy to get the college recruiting process behind them.
“It will be a lot easier to finish high school (now),” Brown said. “I don’t have to worry about choosing a college, which is what’s stressing everyone else out.
“I can just enjoy my last year and focus on school.”
“It’s so nice to not have the stress to deal with,” Coury added.
Coury is a Westlake resident, and was a second team All-District soccer player last fall.
“I am confident with my foot skills and overall quickness, that will separate myself from my competitors,” she said.
Brown was named first team All-District, and second team All-Ohio last fall. Not only was she the captain of the Magnificat soccer team, she also is the president of her 34-H club in Wellington.
“I will have to improve on my fitness and my tactical skills, so that I can keep up with the high level of Division I college soccer,” Brown explained. “My teammates are all committing to colleges, so they were all very happy for me.”
Brown plans on a major in criminal justice, with the hopes of going on to become an F.B.I. Agent.
“Magnificat is a very tough school and it has challenged me in every way to become better in the classroom and on the field,” she said. “The school has been very supportive and challenging at the same time, preparing me for my college life as a student-athlete.”
Coury is not set on a major at this time, but she knows she will be prepared for whatever field she decides to go into.
“Magnificat has taught me the most efficient ways to balance my schoolwork and soccer,” she said. “I have learned that no matter what, my school work comes first.”