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SNOW HILL — Greene Central High senior Alyssa Keatts made school history as the first girls soccer player to sign to play college soccer as she signed on Tuesday to Pfeiffer University.
Keatts has led the Lady Rams in goals the last two seasons as she scored 40 goals last season and 27 goals this season. Keatts has also led Greene Central girls soccer to the best two seasons in the program’s five-year history with a combined record of 18-16-4.
“It means a lot to me. I’m very proud and thankful,” Keatts said.
Despite Keatts’ knack for scoring, she will play goalkeeper for the Lady Falcons. The Lady Rams needed her scoring, but Keatts plays goalie in travel ball.
“Scoring goals and preventing goals are my two favorite things obviously,” Keatts quipped. “It wasn’t that hard because everyone wants to score. It was definitely fun at first whenever I first came out (of the goal). I was just going to come out and have fun because it wasn’t club ball and the intensity isn’t the same.”
Keatts is going to a program that went 13-3, finished second in the NCAA Division III USA South Conference and reached the quarterfinals of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III tournament. Keatts, who said she will major in exercise science, thinks she’ll fit in well.
“The coaches made a really big impact on me, the school as well and I felt like it was a really good choice for me,” Keatts said.