Created on Thursday, 07 February 2013 Written by MATT HAMMOND
Regan Price has known for a long time where she wants to go to college. She made it official Wednesday afternoon.
Bellefontaine soccer standout Regan Price signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play at the University of Toledo. Looking on are her sister Zoe and parents Matt and Renee Price. (EXAMINER PHOTO | MATT HAMMOND)
Price, a soccer standout at Bellefontaine, signed a letter of intent to play the sport at the University of Toledo. She had been verbally committed to the Rockets since the summer before her junior year at BHS.
“It feels good,” said Price after putting her signature on the intent letter. “I have always looked forward to this day. It is a great feeling to have this all said and done.”
She was approached by other Division I programs early in her high school career, but felt the most comfortable with the Rockets.
“Right off the bat I got a warm and comforting feeling at Toledo,” said Price. “I felt like I was really wanted there.
“They told me they loved my passion for the game. They said they just really liked the way I play.”
Helping Price through the recruiting process was her father Matt Price, who was the Chiefs’ head coach last fall.
“We really liked Toledo’s style of play,” said Matt Price. “They play a controlled possession type of game, and we felt like that fits well for Regan. Their coaches and players also went out of their way to make her feel welcome, and that was big, too.”
Price suffered a knee injury that wiped out part of her junior season, but she still scored a school-record 67 career goals. She found the net 19 times as a senior en route to earning Division II first-team all-Ohio honors.
An offensive player in high school, she will play more of a defensive role in college. The Toledo coaches want to take advantage of Price’s outstanding speed.
“I’ve played forward my entire life, but they recruited me as a left back,” said Price. “The players at those positions do the most running.”
Another key factor Toledo provides for the Chieftain is the opportunity to get early playing time.
“I definitely feel like I can play early on,” said Price. “That is one of my main goals and was one of the key factors in my decision.”
“From all of the indications we got from them, they plan on her having an immediate impact,” added Matt Price.
Price has been playing soccer since she was just a few years old. As she got older, her interest in the sport became more and more intense.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play college soccer,” said Price. “I really started to think more about it when I got to high school when I realized I had the chance to turn my dream into a reality.”
The Rockets have one of the top women’s soccer programs in the Mid-American Conference. They have won two regular-season conference titles in the last three years and won the league tournament in 2011.
The team also has a reputation for being strong academically. The Rockets ranked sixth nationally in team GPA for the 2011-12 school year. During the recent fall semester, the squad recorded a 3.6 cumulative GPA and had 22 players with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.