Club sending record number of players to college soccer
Texas, Xavier, Arkansas, Marshall, MTSU, and Pennsylvania are just a few of the big name NCAA Division 1 soccer programs who have commitments currently playing for FC Alliance. 34 current players in the club have made college commitments and that number will grow over this year as quite a few uncommitted prospects are holding nice offers from multiple schools. Although that number is big and impressive, it is nothing new for FC Alliance. Since 2010, the club has sent 231 players to college soccer, including to the nation's top conferences: SEC, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, and Conference USA.
The reality of the situation- and this is supported by numbers- is that FC Alliance players have a strong chance of moving on to college soccer if they so desire. For many, dreams become reality. Take Alex Schupp, for example. A member of the 98 Boys, he has committed to Xavier, one of the country's top men's teams. At the time of Schupp's commitment, they were ranked #13 nationally and had just knocked off #2 Notre Dame. His teammates are seeing similar success on the college recruitment trail: Lucas Altman is heading to Wofford, Dami Omitaomu to Pennsylvania, Jon Creel to Davidson, and Steven Bailey to Marshall. Many others will be pulling the trigger between now and signing day in February.
The girls program is having similar success. Tecora Turner is a future Texas Longhorn. Abbey Saddler has pledged to Arkansas. Allie Dunn is being heavily courted by several major schools. Three players have committed to MTSU and another three have accepted offers from Alabama-Birmingham. Prestigious programs like Tennessee-Chattanooga, Western Carolina, Belmont, and Samford all have FC Alliance players heading their way. Division 2 juggernaut Lee University has snagged three commitments, as well.
When FC Alliance players get to college, they are performing well. Ashley Seltzer has started ten games for surging Marshall (8-1-2) as a true freshman, scoring the game winner against VCU earlier this season. Kathryn Culhane has started all 11 games for the Lady Vols this year. Josie Jennings has played in five games for Tennessee to start her sophomore campaign. Erika Miller and Teni Butler are enjoying great careers at Arkansas (Miller had a goal last year which made ESPN Sportcenter's Top Ten Plays). An impressive eight former FC Alliance players are on the ETSU men's roster this season. The Buccaneers have beaten both Virginia Tech and Kentucky to start the year. The list goes on.
A new group of recruits enters the picture every year. Sometimes as many as 40 players end up playing college soccer is any given graduating year. The number is usually at least 30. Look around your age group in the club. Which players do you think might be playing college soccer one day?
FC Alliance's Ashley Seltzer is starring at Marshall as a true freshman.