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Three Perrysburg girls soccer players sign Division I letters of intent (2-13-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by By THOMAS SCHMELTZ, Sentinel Sports Writer   
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 08:51
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Perrysburg's senior Chloe Buehler (middle) has a laugh with classmate Bryant Byrd (left) while posing to sign letters of intent for universities as parents and classmates applaud and take pictures during a ceremony at Perrysburg High School in Perrysburg, Ohio on February 12, 2013. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG — After the completion of the most successful girls soccer season in Perrysburg history, three of its top players have officially made the decision to take the next step in their soccer careers.
Goalkeeper Chloe Buehler, forward Maddy Williams and midfielder Mollie Whitacre all signed their national letter of intent Tuesday morning, to continue their soccer careers at the Division I level next year.
Buehler will attend Penn State University, Williams will attend Purdue University and Whitacre will attend Ohio University.
“This is a proud moment for me to have three wonderful girls to go on to the Division I level,” said Perrysburg girls soccer co-head coach Jorge Diaz.
“I was very fortunate to be able to coach them, be able to see them mature as leaders,” he added. “That was the great success.”
The signing took place in front of a countless number of family members, coaches, teachers and fellow students, as well as three other Yellow Jacket athletes, who were signing their letters of intent.
“It’s really cool to have Mollie and Chloe sitting next to me because they were there with me the whole tournament run,” Williams said.
“It means everything to have all the support from everyone … I signed next to the two people that I’ve been playing soccer with for the last 12 years,” Buehler added. “It’s amazing to see what they’ve accomplished. We’ll be playing on different teams but we’ll all be very successful. I know that.”
Perrysburg won the Division I state championship last fall, defeating Mason 1-0, to complete its season with a record of 23-0. It was the third state title in history for Perrysburg athletics. The 1979 volleyball and the 1991 softball teams were the other two to win state championships.
“The difference this year was that the chemistry of the team was amazing,” Diaz said. “The leadership that we had through these girls embody what we were all about. We knew we had the talent, but sometimes you have personalities that don’t click. They were able to lead so that didn’t happen. I was very thankful that they were not only great players, but great leaders.”
All three girls played huge roles on the state-title team, which was ranked sixth in the nation by Max Prep Sports.
Williams and Whitacre were named first-team All-Ohio after the season, and immediately following the title game Buehler was named MVP by her coaches and players.
Buehler’s effort in the championship game included nine saves in a game where Mason held a 26-6 shot advantage. She finished the season with 70 saves and allowed just two goals.
At PSU, which went 21-4-2 last season, while winning its 15th consecutive Big Ten championship, Buehler will play for head coach Erica Walsh, who just finished her sixth season at the helm.
Walsh has an impressive coaching resume. She was named the 2013 Soccer America National Coach of the Year; 2009 Big Ten coach of the year; and she was an assistant on the United States national team in 2008 when it won an Olympic gold medal and in 2011 when the U.S women took second in the FIFA Wold Cup.
“It’s a great soccer program and the coaches are amazing ... It just felt like the right fit,” Buehler said. “It’s going to be a whole new game. I know that every day, playing with the best players in the country, that’s what I want to do. I want to be pushed to my limit.”
Williams, who scored 48 goals for Perrysburg last season, will play for head coach Robert Klatte when she arrives on Purdue’s campus next fall. Klatte has been the coach at Purdue for 15 years, and last year the Boilermakers were 7-10-2 overall.
“I’m hoping to be able to start right away and have an early impact on the team,” Williams said. “I was just there this past weekend visiting and I saw all the hard work that I’m going to have to put in. I’m going to have to put in a lot of hard work to get there.”
Whitacre will join an Ohio team that is undergoing transformation. On Dec. 22 the Bobcats, after going 8-10-1 overall last year, hired Aaron Rodgers to be their head coach. For the previous three season Rodgers was an assistant at Kentucky where he helped the Wildcats to a 42-30-5 record.
“You get there and you just get that feeling that you belong there,” Whitacre said of Ohio. “It’s such a pretty campus and the academics are great, so soccer just fit with it.
“I’m just going to work hard and see what comes out of that,” she added.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:12
 

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