After a successful career as a Lady Cat, senior Sydney Parker will take her talents up north to the state of Pennsylvania.
Parker signed to play soccer at the University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg Wednesday afternoon at Leesville High School.
"It's been a dream come true," she said. "For 14 years, I've played. I've always dreamed of playing college soccer, and now it's really happening.
Parker, a First-Team All-District midfielder, was introduced to the Division III school by a friend and wanted to go play there.
"I went to visit, and they said they liked me," she said. "They said that they wouldn't have picked if they didn't want me here. It felt like home.
"I was looking at a few other colleges and a few were looking at me."
The Lady Cats went 4-9-4 this season, and head coach Kirsten Raines saw development from Parker throughout her tenure as a Lady Cat.
"It's amazing to watch and grow with a player," Raines said. "To see them get to play at the next level is something to be excited about. I'm very excited for her to get this opportunity.
"She's a true leader. She always leads her teammates and helps them be better. She brings constant positivity to the team and is an overall, well-rounded player."
Parker wants to major in Political Sciences and become a lawyer someday.
"I'm excited to play, meet the players and reinvent myself, because I've lived here my whole life," she said.
Parker says she will need to work on her fitness before she gets on campus, but she understands the work and level of dedication needed as a freshman student-athlete.
"Through the years, I've gotten better, but over these last two years, I've seen a lot of improvement," Parker said. "Going to play at college means you're starting over again. It's weird to think about as a senior."