Created on Saturday, 09 March 2013 Written by AARON LaBATT
The goal of playing soccer at the college level has been realized for Benjamin Logan goal keeper Dana VanBuskirk as she signed Friday to play at the University of Rio Grande.
“Ever since I started paying soccer I’ve wanted to work toward playing in college,” said VanBuskirk. “I’ve been looking forward to signing day for a long time. I’m really excited to finalize everything.”
At a recent college day, VanBuskirk was told by Rio Grande representatives that the university had women’s soccer. She gave them her information and the university eventually called VanBusirk. They told her to come down for a tryout as a goal keeper.
“I was scared the first time I went there to try out,” she said. “I didn’t know if they would call me back. There were three other goal keepers from bigger schools and they were good. I got a call back for a second tryout and they ended up offering me a scholarship. It was a fun and an exciting experience.”
The Raider standout is ready to take on the college level competition and hopes to see the field during her first season for the Red Storm.
“I plan to start my freshman year,” said VanBuskirk. “I don’t know how much time I’ll get, but that is my goal. I hope to get as much playing time as I can. I want to get used to the campus and the soccer program there my first year. I can improve a lot and they’ll work with me. I hope to fit in and I’m just excited to be going there.”
VanBuskirk led the Central Buckeye Conference this past fall in saves with 166, which was 20 more than the next-best keeper. She was a two-time first-team all-league selection.
“I think I’ll be OK with the transition to the college game,” said VanBuskirk. “At first it might be scary, but once I get into it then it will be good.”
The standout goal keeper also considered Owens Community College and the University of Toledo.