June 26, 2016

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Soccer: Medina’s Bri Shingary selects Vikings

MEDINA — Sometimes you just know.

That was the feeling Medina soccer player Bri Shingary had after making her official visit to Cleveland State University on Wednesday.

Bri Shingary

The newly remodeled downtown campus, proximity to home, scholarship offer and the fact her older sister, Haleigh, is already on the team made the school appealing.

So when CSU told her she had until next week to accept, the 15-year-old did one better.

“They told me to call next Wednesday, but when I got home I told him I would call them at 11:30 a.m.,” said Shingary, who verbally committed to the Division I program Thursday. “I don’t know … I just knew coming home from my visit that this was where I wanted to go.

“I could’ve waited for the dust to settle, but it this was the best fit for me.”

Shingary, who spent her freshman year at Holy Name before transferring to Medina, was scheduled to appear at a camp this weekend at Xavier — another school on her list — but felt CSU was where she wants to be in two years.

The incoming junior is no stranger to the Vikings, as she has attended numerous camps at the school. Haleigh Shingary will be a redshirt freshman this season after sustaining a knee injury in 2012.

Combine that with the Vikings’ scholarship package, which includes athletic and academic money, and she couldn’t refuse.

“It was something I couldn’t really say no to,” said Shingary, who also was considering Xavier and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “It’s close to home and my sister plays there … I couldn’t pass it up.”

Led by head coach Derrek Falor and assistant Dallas Boyer, the Cleveland State staff has been following Shingary from her playing days with Pennine United and, most recently, the Cleveland Futbol Club while also keeping an eye on her high school career.

Cleveland State was 5-10 and 1-4 in the Horizon League last season and has former Bee Jen Jankowski on the roster.

As one of Medina’s center midfielders last fall, Shingary netted six goals and five assists en route to being named to All-Gazette. She was a workhorse who rarely left the pitch.

It’s something she looks to continue to do this season, but she’s also excited about the future.

“Coming in, they told me that I’ll be a midfielder, so I now have this goal to get better,” she said. “The coaches are seriously amazing guys. They were very down to earth and honest. We just clicked.”

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.