Girls High School Soccer has come a long way within the local area. So much so, several local players are receiving Division-I scholarships.
So what happens when they team up and play alongside each other?
They create the West Virginia United U-17 Shox, an All-Star team dedicated to winning.
"We were the first team from the state of West Virginia to ever advance to a Colonial League Championship Game, and let alone win it. So that was a great accomplishment for the girls I think. It really helped put West Virginia soccer on the map for the youth age. High School soccer is still developing in this state and I think it's wonderful that these girls are starting to get a better opportunity to compete beyond high school and into the college ranks," West Virginia United U17 Shox Head Coach Nikki Goodenow said.
True athletes will always tell you that there is no off season, there are no breaks, and there is no time to relax. For these girls, soccer is their life, and they've got the letters to prove it.
"I'm looking at Cincinnati, maybe, or WVU," University senior midfielder Elizabeth Custer said.
"I've committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio," Morgantown senior midfielder Makayla Schmidt said.
And that's just a few of the athletes on the West Virginia United U-17 Shox team. Six players on the squad have committed to play at the next level, including offers from West Virginia and Purdue, among others.
"I know being on this club team, especially with our coach, she pushes us really hard and makes us better. I know I go through every practice and I learn something new," Schmidt said.
"It pushes us harder and makes us work toward our goal and know that if we can play against them then we can just make ourselves better," Custer said.
The Shox have reached uncharted success under the guidance of Head Coach Nikki Goodenow. It's a positive sign that local soccer is improving, with an untapped potential as high as the sky.
"At the end of June we're competing at the Region One Championships in Rhode Island and we're looking forward to heading to the University of Rhode Island to compete against some of the best teams in Region One. I think it's tremendous that these girls have been together for so long. Now that they're branching out and heading off to college soon will be neat for them," Goodenow said.