MEDINA — Marisa Scullin always looks at the big picture.
While the standout defender wanted to find a college where she could continue her soccer career, she also knew the next four years will help decide what she’s going to do for the rest of her life.
The Gazette MVP and All-Ohio selection found that place in Slippery Rock University and made her oral commitment to the Division II school.
“It’s about the experience,” Scullin said. “After college, I’m not going to be playing any more soccer.
“I like that Slippery Rock does a lot of volunteer work like going to Haiti or helping after (Hurricane) Katrina. I really like that atmosphere.”
The work off the pitch — combined with the fact Slippery Rock has won 10 or more games for 17 straight seasons, played in the NCAA postseason three times in the last four years and reached the Sweet 16 in the last two — and the smaller size of the Western Pennsylvania school were just what the 17-year-old was looking for.
“I really liked that it had 7,000 students,” said Scullin, who also considered Edinboro (Pa.), Duquesne (Pa.) and Canisius (N.Y.). “It was not too small or too big. It was right in the middle. Once I visited (Slippery Rock), I definitely liked it better.”
Slippery Rock claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title and saw its season end Saturday with a 1-0 loss to West Chester in the D-II Sweet 16.
Scullin is no stranger to winning, as she recently put the finishing touches on a high school career that included a state championship (2009), Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division crown (2010) and a second Elite Eight appearance (2012).
The 5-foot-3 center back was named Greater Akron District Player of the Year before earning All-Ohio and Gazette MVP honors.
Scullin is ready to make an immediate impact.
“I think it’s to my advantage having been in those situations with my club team (Cleveland Futbol Club) and Medina,” she said. “I’m right at that level and ready to step up.”
Scullin will join a team that features former Cloverleaf standouts Kaite Kolodka and Alaina Jordan and plans on majoring in journalism with the hopes of eventually writing for a newspaper or magazine.
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