While Alexandria Senior High girls soccer midfielder Martha Bollich will make the big leap to the next level, she will not have to travel far to do so.
Bollich signed a financial aid agreement Wednesday to play for Louisiana College for her collegiate career.
“I’m mostly excited about just learning to grow as a player at the college level,” Bollich said. “I wanted to stay local so I could be with my family.”
The senior helped lead the Lady Trojans back to the playoffs after a one-year absence when they amassed an 8-13-3 record and earned the No. 28 seed in the LHSAA Division I playoffs against St. Joseph’s Academy.
ASH made the playoffs in three of her four seasons on the team and advanced to the second round twice.
“I’ve been playing soccer all four years (here), and every year I’ve learned more,” Bollich said. “I’ll miss playing with my sisters because they’ve played with me the last three years.”
Although Lady Trojans coach Sons Pathoumthong only coached her at ASH for one season, his time with her at the club level makes him believe that she can make the adjustment to college.
“She’s progressed throughout the year, so I know that when she plays at the next level with other players with high abilities, I think she can fit right in,” Pathoumthong said. “I think she can make that adjustment. I was excited to work along with her and she has a good work rate and ethic on the field. She’s the reason why we’ve had a successful season.”
Louisiana College is looking to rebound from a 2-15 season in 2014. The Lady Wildcats will lose four seniors heading into the 2015 season, including leading scorer Pamela Usry.