CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Savannah Young, Sydney Dawson and Eryn Decker have benefited from their high school soccer programs, but the trio of soccer stars have also benefited from playing for the Clarksville Club 15 travel team.
Coached by Kelly Guth, Clarksville Club 15 is one of 20 teams in the Clarksville Soccer Club, which includes under-8 to under-18 in both boys’ and girls’ soccer. Guth, who has been coaching travel teams for the past 14 years, has 13 of her 16 players on the Club 15 team from Montgomery County, including Young, Dawson and Decker.
And all three players have made that step, signing college scholarships with their respective schools.
Decker signed with the University of South Carolina Beaufort, while Young will play soccer at Tennessee Wesleyan College, and Dawson will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
“It took a while for this to develop,” Young said. “I wanted to be patient, but I knew it would come. I just had to be patient and let the process play itself out.”
Young wasted no time signing with Tennessee Wesleyan after receiving interest from Lincoln Memorial and Trevecca Nazarene. The West Creek High star visited the school on a few occasions and felt Wesleyan’s style fit her.
“I was really interested in Wesleyan’s campus (in Athens, Tenn.) and the program there,” she said. “I felt like it would be a great transition for me going from coach Guth’s club team to Tennessee Wesleyan because it’s the same style of play and pace of the college game.”
The Bulldogs were intrigued by Young’s skill at the forward position, particularly noticing her size and ability to play physical up top. The team finished the 2014 regular season 11-7-1 last fall and have all three forwards returning for this coming fall.
Decker heading toward coast
Decker received interest from USC Beaufort after the school’s coaching staff traveled to Tennessee Chattanooga last summer for a combine that featured high school soccer athletes from around the state.
“The coaches run the camp, and they got to see me play,” Decker said. “They asked for me to call them, but I waited a few weeks before I called. But after having that conversation, they wanted me to come for a visit, and I was excited about that.”
Decker said she was drawn to the possibility of spending time away from home, but she also had a chance to bond with the current USC Beaufort Sand Shark players during a visit last September.
“The position I play, they are losing players at that center midfielder spot, and they are looking for players to fill that void,” Decker said. “Hopefully, I can be one of the answers at that position.”
USC Beaufort finished 7-11 last season and could use the addition of another scoring option. The Land Sharks were shut out of six of those 11 losses last fall and scored only six goals in the other five losses.
But Decker, who played high school ball at Northeast, is confident her work with Guth and the Clarksville Club 15 will have her ready to handle the expectations next fall.
“It’s basically the only reason why I’m going to play college soccer,” Decker said about Guth’s club team. “All my soccer skills come from coach Guth and her coaching skills. And she’s helped me a lot in finding a college.”
Trevecca and King College also showed interest in Decker, who verbally committed to Beaufort last fall and signed on National Signing Day two weeks ago.
Dawson northeast bound
Dawson will take the longest journey away from home, as the Pope John Paul II player will play college in Lowell, Mass.
Dawson, whose mother is a doctor at Fort Campbell and whose farther is retired military, lives in Clarksville and has been a key contributor for Guth on Club 15.
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