HS Girls Soccer: Wood-Ridge’s Eckert Commits to Stevenson University

WOOD-RIDGE, NJ – Wooden-Ridge Excessive Faculty senior Samantha Eckert has introduced that she will likely be attending Stevenson College within the fall of 2021, persevering with her training and her soccer profession. 

Stevenson College is a non-public college in Baltimore County, Maryland with two campuses, one in Stevenson and one in Owings Mills. The college enrolls roughly three,615 undergraduate and graduate college students. Previously often called Villa Julie School, the title was modified to Stevenson College in 2008.

Eckert has been a mainstay within the Wooden-Ridge soccer lineup since her freshman yr, anchoring the Woman Blue Devils protection, whereas contributing three objectives and 5 assists over her 4 years.

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Head coach Jerry Cala was effusive in his reward for Eckert. 

“Stevenson College is getting an excellent student-athlete in Samantha Eckert.  Sam is a firstclass particular person who has at all times proven nice character and willpower.  That is why she was chosen to be a workforce captain this yr.  As well as, Sam is an amazing athlete who may most likely play and succeed at any sport of her alternative.  During the last 4 years, Sam was a gradual pressure on our backline.  She has constantly improved, from season to season, and this made her one of many higher defenders within the NJIC, in addition to North Jersey.  

Stats is not going to inform the story of how vital Sam was to our program this yr and the final four years.  Sam is the all-time chief in minutes performed with 5,849.   She has performed with a special backline, all 4 years.  She has been instrumental in serving to our backline play a really excessive line by staying disciplined and dealing collectively.  Sam is the captain of our offside entice which this season caught our opponents offside 99 occasions in 14 video games.  It’s so gratifying to look at the self-discipline that Sam and her teammates constantly present, yr in and yr out. 

During the last 4 years, underneath Sam’s management, we’ve got gotten our opponents offside 296 occasions.  Samantha is a giant cause for why we’ve got been so profitable with this and why she will likely be taking part in school soccer at Stevenson subsequent fall.  She is a really good defender, who reads and reacts rapidly, with or with out the ball.  This season she actually communicated effectively on the sector.  This actually helped our different defenders in addition to our freshman goalkeeper.  That is testomony to her management in addition to her excessive soccer IQ.  We are going to miss Samantha dearly.

We want Sam the perfect at Stevenson.  She’s going to eternally have my love and help.  As soon as a Blue Satan, at all times a Blue Satan!  Coach Korba and the Stevenson ladies soccer program is getting a really technically expert and athletically gifted soccer participant.  Extra importantly, they’re getting a firstclass, well-rounded particular person “

Eckert defined why she selected Stevenson.  

“Whereas researching colleges that supplied cybersecurity applications, I found Stevenson College. I reached out to Coach Korba, visited the varsity, and took part in a clinic over the summer time. After I met some members of the workforce and the teaching workers, I instantly felt like I belonged there. The workforce’s philosophy is strictly what I used to be on the lookout for. Stevenson gives all the pieces that I would like in a faculty, each academically and athletically. I’m wanting ahead to changing into part of the Mustang household.” 

She is assured that she is prepared for faculty soccer after highschool profession. 

“Coach Cala has taught me a lot all through the years. He has instilled self-discipline, a love of the sport, and the values of teamwork. I at all times play for the workforce and by no means hand over it doesn’t matter what the rating is. I really feel that these are all vital attributes for a participant to achieve success each on and off the sector.”



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