Signing Day at Mercy

By Emily Rickett ’16

Many seniors are still stressing about what college they want to go to, but this is not the case for 5 seniors. Wednesday February 3rd, 5 seniors signed a National Letter of Intent to play college sports. Three girls signed to play soccer, one signed to play lacrosse, and one signed to play volleyball.


Parents watching their daughters sign their letters. Photo Credit Ellen Daniel


Megan Aufderbeck signed to play soccer for Otterbein University. Megan was a soccer player here at Mercy for all 4 years and played varsity for 3 of those years. She is following in her sister’s footsteps by playing sports at Otterbein, because her sister played lacrosse there. Not only will Megan be playing soccer, she will also be majoring in Sports Management!


Megan and her family smiling for a picture after signing. Photo Credit Ellen Daniel


Megan preparing to kick the ball during a game. Photo Credit Varsity Views


Claire Herzog signed to play soccer for Thomas More College. Claire was also a soccer player here at Mercy for all 4 years and played varsity for 3 of those years. She played select soccer for many years at Cincinnati West Soccer Club. At Thomas More, Claire will be majoring in Athletic Training!


Claire going after the ball in a game. Photo Credit Varsity Views


Anna Thorner signed to play lacrosse for Walsh University. Anna was a 4-year varsity starter here at Mercy. She also played lacrosse for a club team as well. Anna said she chose to play lax at Walsh because, “It reminded her a lot of Mercy’s lacrosse program. Walsh is open to learning from mistakes and getting closer as a team while doing something they all love to do.” Anna will be majoring in Physical Therapy at Walsh next year!


Anna with her lacrosse teammates. Photo Credit Ellen Daniel


Sam Goldizen signed to play volleyball for Centre College. She played club volleyball throughout her high school years at Cincy Crush Volleyball Club. Sam said, “I picked Centre because I loved the campus, small class sizes, the staff, and students. Everyone was so nice and welcoming. When I met the coach and players on the volleyball team I knew I wanted to go there. I visited 8 times before I decided on committing.” Sam plans on dual majoring in art and biology!


Sam signing her National Letter of Intent. Photo Credit Ellen Daniel


I signed to play soccer for the University of Evansville. I played soccer all 4 years at mercy and have played club soccer for TFA my entire life. I chose to go to Evansville because it felt like home. I really liked the coaches, the team and the school in general. I will be majoring in Elementary Education, just like my aunt and grandpa!


My family and I after I signed my letter of intent. Photo Credit Ellen Daniel

I owe much of my athletic and academic success to my school. Being an athlete at Mercy has taught me discipline, hard work, character and team work. Even though my years playing Mercy Soccer are over, I will forever on hold the memories I have made throughout my 4 years.  I cannot wait to start this new chapter in my life and see what the next 4 years have in store for me!


Heather Runk ’16 and I celebrating after our team scored. Photo Credit Varsity Views



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