February 11th, 2013

Valkyries Make College Choices Official

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Valkyries Make College Choices Official
Valkyries ink LOI's at ceremony / photo by Conor Revell

Talented Valkyries are ready to move to the next level

Four student athletes inked their letter of intent to play soccer or field hockey Monday afternoon at the Sacred Heart Academy Gymnasium.

Katherine English plays field hockey and tennis for the Valkyries. She won a doubles tennis title in 2012 and scored the game winning goal in overtime against Assumption in the Kentucky Field Hockey Association State Championship game in October.

“I like the team atmosphere better than playing by myself,” English said. “I played doubles in tennis, but I like being on a team. I also like field hockey better than tennis.”

English will play field hockey for Davidson College (NC) next fall. Davidson finished 9-13 and lost to California in the third place game in the NorPac Tournament last season.

“I really like the location of the school in North Carolina,” English said. “And I liked the balance between school and sports. It wouldn’t take up my life but it still something I enjoy and it’s something I like to do.”

Kristin Matula won two field hockey state championships with English while at Sacred Heart. Matula also plays basketball and is a member of the track and field squad.

“Field hockey is the sport is that I came to love automatically,” Matula said. “I love playing every minute of it. Hopefully we can become Big Ten Champs, that would be awesome and playing in the NCAA Tournament would be great too.”

Next fall Matula will continue her field hockey career at Michigan State. She chose the Spartans over U of L and IU. Michigan State went 10-10 in 2012 and lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.  

“I really love the campus, the coaching staff and the players were very welcoming,” Matula said. “I felt like I was home there.”

Forward Eleanor Gabriel and goalkeeper Corinne Peabody led the Valkyries soccer team to a seventh region semifinal finish in 2012, finished as state runners up in 2011 and won it all in 2009.

Gabriel signed with the University of Tennessee to play soccer for the Volunteers. Gabriel faced Assumption’s Morgan Riggs for four and will battle her for another four years in the SEC when Riggs plays for UK.  

“She’s a really good competitor,” Gabriel said. “It will be interesting that we will continue that rivalry. I hope we have good competition again in college.”

Last year the Vols had 14-5-3 record and lost in overtime to Miami (OH) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I loved the coaching staff and the area,” Gabriel said. “It was close to home. I liked that a lot. I’m hoping that I can impact the team right away after recovering from my injury that I got this year.”

She chose Tennessee over U of L, Utah, Miami (OH), and the University of Colorado.

Peabody is going to play soccer at Fairfield University (CT). Fairfield went 11-6-2 in 2012 and chose them over Marist College.

“My sister goes to school in Pennsylvania so that got me interested in the northeast,” Peabody said. “Once I started looking, Fairfield was the perfect fit for me.”


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