ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis Scott Gallagher hosted their annual National Signing Day event last night to celebrate the athletes continuing their playing careers at the collegiate level.
Players from all levels of the club were in attendance, including nine girls from the ECNL program and six boys from the Academy program. In total, over 60+ players were present to sign their commitment to play soccer as a student-athlete next season. For some of the players, they believe SLSG created the pathway to play in college and have more opportunities on the national stage.
Kasey Hartmann (St. Louis University) joined the club only two years ago and recently completed an undefeated season with the SLSG MO ECNL program. “The training here was much more in-depth and personalized to my needs and skills which further helped to develop my strengths and improve on my weaknesses,” said Hartmann. “I also think SLSG prepared me for college by facing that high-quality competition and traveling to national tournaments for exposure to different playing styles and opponents.”
SLSG MO ECNL players Isabel Burke (St. Louis University) and Delaney Schultz (Rice University) both joined the club within the past three years and believe making the move to SLSG was critical to their development. “I wanted to become a better player and was looking for a higher level of competition,” said Burke. “I wanted to be in a more challenging environment and joining SLSG has definitely provided that opportunity to develop as a player,” added Schultz.
Nick Randazzo (Rockhurst University) played on the SLSG MO Elite team and has been part of the club for 10 years. “SLSG has taught me to work hard and be a good person,” said Randazzo. “I really appreciate all the lessons I’ve learned on and off the field and it’s probably the reason I will continue to play next year at Rockhurst.”
STLFC Academy player Andrew Schulz (Maryville University) also believes that growing up and playing in SLSG has developed his skills on and off the field. “The reputation of the club speaks for itself and all the accomplishments former players have gone on to make is unbelievable,” said Schulz. “The club does not just care about soccer but developing who you are as a person which is really important to me and my family. One of the biggest things I’ve learned here is humility and always looking to help your teammates and those around you.”
Megan Bowman (University of Illinois-Chicago) from the SLSG IL ECNL program is looking forward to the challenges off the field in the engineering program. She believes that the time management skills learned while playing and traveling will pay off in a tough academic environment. “The club has taught me to be independent, manage my time, and work hard to achieve my goals,” said Bowman. “For anyone that wants to reach that top level, I would tell them to stick with it and use the support system in the club as they will encourage you when times are difficult.”
SLSG congratulates all of our student-athletes and wishes them the best as they continue their academic and athletic careers!