YORK TWP. — Buckeye senior Hannah Hartley always knew she wanted to go to Ashland University.
After watching a highlight tape of the All-Gazette first-teamer, the Eagles women’s soccer team knew it wanted her, too.
That being said, Hartley announced she will attend the Division II school.
“Ashland’s education program is what really interested me in the school,” the 17-year-old said. “That was a large factor in my decision.”
A three-sport standout at Buckeye, Hartley picked the Eagles over Mount Union, Walsh and Point Park.
The 5-foot-6 defender has been a key part of a Bucks soccer program that is annually in the hunt for the Patriot Athletic Conference Stars Division championship. At the sweeper position, she led a backline that allowed just 14 goals last fall.
Hartley also showed her versatility, as she spent time at center midfield, where she scored four goals and dished out three assists.
“I contacted them because I knew I wanted to attend Ashland,” said Hartley, who also plays basketball and softball. “After speaking with the coach (Dan Krispinsky) and the coach watching my highlight DVD, he invited me to the recruit weekend.”
The Eagles, who went 7-10-1, 6-6-1 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last season, will start a new era this fall under Krispinsky.
Hartley, who carries a 3.5 grade-point average and plans on studying early childhood education, will join a roster that includes fellow Medina County products Beth Lang (Medina), Ali Kovarik (Medina), Karly Beuck (Cloverleaf), Melissa Hill (Medina) and Haley Frick (Brunswick).
“I’m really excited that Ashland sees my potential as a future collegiate athlete at their school considering I didn’t decide until my senior season that I was going to play soccer in college,” Hartley said. “I didn’t decide to continue playing until I realize my soccer career was equally coming to an end.
“I couldn’t imagine stopping there when I have the potential to play at a higher level.”
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