Kasey McLamb, a senior in the Midway girls soccer program, has signed to continue her career at Catawba.
She got to try on her Indians jersey last weekend.
“It just made me feel amazing,” she said. “It showed me what hard work and dedication and hours of practice can get me. I can credit my amazing teammates and my Mom and Dad and all my coaches for that.”
She met her future college coach, Nick Brown, while with her travel team, North Carolina Football Club.
“It really just took off from there,” she said. “He expressed interest and I went and had a visit. After that, it was a pretty quick process.”
McLamb has played on the defensive end for her travel team. She plays midfield at Midway.
Brown has told her that she will possibly be utilized in both capacities by the Indians.
Catawba has an enrollment of 1,306.
“I like the small community,” McLamb said. “I think I would thrive there. I don’t really like big areas and big environments. I think the personal relationships I make with teachers and other students will be great for me.”
McLamb anticipates a pre-med course of study such as biology.
Catawba, located in Salisbury, was 7-10 overall last season and went 4-6 in the South Atlantic Conference.
McLamb expects Midway to be competitive this spring.
“We always are and I don’t think it will be any different this year,” she said. “We have a lot of talent.”
McLamb had 32 goals and six assists as the Raider girls went 16-4 overall in 2017 and 11-3 in the Four County 2-A/1-A Conference.
Midway now competes in the East Central 2-A Conference.
The first game for the Raider girls this season is at home Thursday at 6 p.m. against Rosewood.
“I know it’s been a dream of hers since she started this,” said Midway coach Trey Apperson of McLamb’s signing to play at the next level. “She’s put in the work. It didn’t just happen. … She got in the backyard and she did extra to earn this. That’s really exciting to have a kid that puts in that type of work.
“She also gets it done in the classroom and she’s a good person, a good kid. She’s had a great support network — before she could drive, getting her to and from practices and games. We’re not talking about games, just in Raleigh or Chapel Hill. We’re talking Florida and I think they went out to Texas. Big trips. It takes a village to get that type of stuff done.
“She’ll do well. She’s not the biggest kid in the world, but she’s overcome that every time. She’ll be a good player.”