Created on Thursday, 15 November 2012 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Bellefontaine senior soccer player Regan Price used a strong final season to earn Division II first-team all-Ohio honors. (EXAMINER FILE PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
A knee injury that wiped out a majority of her junior season did not prevent Regan Price from capping her Bellefontaine soccer career with a stellar senior campaign.
Price, who suffered a torn ACL seven games into the 2011 season, came back strong this fall with 19 goals to tie the BHS season record that she set as a sophomore. She also notched five assists.
As a result of her efforts, Price was named to the Division II first-team all-Ohio squad by the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association.
Price was off to a tremendous start to her junior season when she went down with the knee injury. She scored 17 goals in just seven games.
The rehabilitation process from her ACL surgery was grueling, putting in question how effective she would be in her return.
“I was not sure exactly what to expect from her this year coming back for her knee surgery,” said BHS coach and Regan’s father Matt Price. “Unfortunately, Regan’s rehab didn’t go as smooth as we would have liked. She had to deal with a lot of tendonitis which slowed her progress considerably.”
As a safety measure, Price began the season as a defender. The thought was that playing defense would save her from taking hits on her legs.
However, Bellefontaine struggled offensively early in the season. As Price regained strength in her surgically repaired knee, she saw more time at the forward position.
“Not only did we receive the benefit from her goal scoring ability, with opponents so focused on containing Regan, it opened things up and gave the other girls more opportunities to score,” said Matt Price. “Regan’s impact not only came from her 19 goals, but from her desire and work rate on the field, both of which became contagious to those around her.”
Price, who has committed to play Division I college soccer at Toledo, finished her prep career with 67 goals and 39 assists. Both of those totals are career records for BHS.