NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: GIRLS SOCCER PUSHES WAY INTO LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

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    Avon soccer players Ashley Svec, Maggy Beatty and Emily Dahl take photos of their placecards and hats for Instagram posts after the signing ceremony at Avon High School.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

National Signing Day is usually dominated by athletes that play football — and, indeed, there were a couple dozen signing with colleges in that sport around Lorain County — but girls soccer decided to push its way into the local spotlight Wednesday.

Twelve athletes, including six to Division I programs — tops among area sports, signed letters to play women’s soccer in college next fall.

“I think for sure girls soccer is on the come up,” said Avon’s Ashley Svec, who will play for Bowling Green State University. “I think every year everyone’s going to get better and better, and I’m really excited to see the people yet to come, especially the Avon program. I think the future’s super-bright and this is just the start of something really great for all the programs in the surrounding area as well.”

Svec was joined by three teammates on the stage during the Eagles’ signing ceremony Wednesday morning. Emily Dahl signed on with Western Michigan, Maggie Beatty is headed to Stetson University and Megan Sikora will be playing for Slippery Rock University.

“It’s so cool to see all my friends be successful along with me,” Svec said. “My senior year, that whole season we felt like we were the team to beat and people were intimidated by us, because you’re playing against four girls that are committed and you have a junior that’s committed to play D-I at Cincinnati.”

Elyria joined Avon with multiple girls soccer players who are headed to NCAA Division I schools. The Pioneers were the first school in the county to sign their letters Wednesday morning.

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