When Montana LeBouef accepted an offer from the College of Charleston this weekend, it marked the 42nd current FC Alliance player to commit to play college soccer. The vast majority, 37 to be exact, are in the 2013 class. A few, such as LeBouef and Tennessee commit Josie Jennings, have started a great foundation for what is shaping up to be an impressive 2014 class. Last year, the 2012 FC Alliance class sent 37 players to play collegiate soccer. The 2013 group has matched that number exactly, with the potential to surpass it as several more are still making their final decisions. Since 2010, 112 FC Alliance players have moved on to play college soccer.
For players like LeBouef, it is a triumphant moment. A member of the 96 Black, she suffered a serious knee injury a year ago, but has battled back into form to snag an NCAA Division 1 scholarship.
"Montana is a great example of how hard work pays off," said Coach Josh Gray. "She doesn’t miss a training session, she attends everything the club offers, and she goes 100% every time she steps on a soccer field. If a young player wants to see how hard they need to work to be a great player, he or she should watch Montana play."
LeBouef’s reputation as a relentless worker dates back to when she first started playing. Former coaches and staff marvel at the drive she has always brought to the fields, regardless of conditions.
Gray pointed out that even when she was out with the knee injury, she still attended practice.
"She’s the type of kid who really deserves success," Coach Gray added. "We’re all very proud of her."