Haverling's Natalie Krelie signs to play soccer at Daemen University
BATH, N.Y. (WENY) - The Haverling girls soccer team is preparing to compete in the State Semifinals on Saturday as they aim for a chance at a state title, but Wednesday was a special day for senior, Natalie Krelie as she signed her National Letter of Intent to play college soccer for Division-II Daemen University.
Krelie has played a major part of the Rams' success. Head Coach Braedyn Ordway says that Natalie has been very versatile, playing multiple positions, and has been a core player for the team. Krelie has scored 10 goals and added 8 assists this season for the unbeaten Rams.
WENY Sports caught up with Natalie at her signing as she described why she feels Daemen is the right fit for her, and she reflected on those who have helped her get to this point.
"It's really exciting, I never thought that I would end up playing in college and I think it's really cool," said Krelie. "The program I think was kind of the determining factor. They have a really good PT program and that's what I wanted to do."
"I think just meeting new people and still being able to play" she added when asked what she is most excited for to compete at the collegiate level. "Thank you to my parents because they've supported me throughout all of the years I've been playing and all of my coaches, Ordway and Clancy for supporting me throughout this process and all of my club coaches."
Haverling will take on Westhill in the NYSPHSAA Class B Semifinals on Saturday at Cortland High School at 5:30 PM with the State Championship on Sunday at 3 PM also hosted by Cortland High School.