North Stokes goalie Meghan Mabe signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Salem College alongside her coaches, parents, and school administration.
“I expect it to be really tough but I’m excited and looking forward to it,” she said.
Mabe grew up playing soccer through a recreational league, and was thrilled when North Stokes began a girls soccer program her sophomore year.
“It was really exciting. Carson Bollman was playing club soccer and helped get it all together. She told everyone about it. It didn’t matter if you were athletic or not, she was just trying to form a team and when we found out it was approved that was a great day.”
Mabe jumped in and was able to make an impact quickly.
“I think I’ve gained confidence over the last couple of years. It’s definitely nerve wracking to be a goalie because I feel like the team is depending on me and I want to do the best I can,” she said.
Since the program formed three years ago, it’s had a new coach each season.
“I think all of the coaches have added something. They were all very encouraging which we needed especially in the beginning.”
Mabe said she feels blessed to be given the opportunity to play beyond high school.
“My older sister goes to Salem and I love it there. It feels like home.”
Lady Vikings coach Michael Richardson said the athlete will be missed.
“She’s the type of player that’s never going to give up no matter what type of situation she’s in. She’s always going to find the positive in it. If we’re in a position, getting beat she’s still positive and that rubs off on the rest of the team.”
Richardson, who also serves as athletic director at the school and played collegiate soccer at UNC-G is working to grow the Lady Vikings soccer program.
“We’re trying to start a new era here. Meghan took some knocks early in the season, but throughout the year she was able to use that and come up with some big saves in tight games.”
He believes she’ll continue to have success in years to come.
“It’s definitely going to be a big change from a 1A girls soccer to any college program, but I know she’ll stay positive and keep getting better. I’m excited the younger players will see what she’s doing and aspire to be a college athlete one day.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.