MEDINA — Just months after making a verbal commitment to Cleveland State, Medina soccer standout Bri Shingary announced Wednesday she will attend Buffalo.
The junior decommitted from the Vikings after coach Derrek Falor resigned and quickly chose to play for the Mid-American Conference Bulls in 2015.
“I have nothing against the new coach at Cleveland State,” Shingary said, referring to Sonia Curvelo. “It just wasn’t where my heart was anymore.”
After Falor’s exit, Shingary made a connection with Buffalo, a school that also had a coaching change with the January hiring of Shawn Burke.
With a little help from Bees coach Doug Coreno, a friend of Burke’s, Shingary was able to get in contact with Burke after he saw her play at the Jefferson Cup in Richmond, Va., last month.
After visiting the campus and meeting with the team, she knew it was the place for her.
“Everyone from my friends and family helped me out with this,” she said. “They saw me play in Virginia, and then I went down (for a visit) and it was amazing. The girls were great, and there was just a feeling there that no other school I visited had.”
The center midfielder is coming off a season in which she was a second-team All-Ohio selection and helped Medina to its second straight regional berth. Shingary had seven goals, including game-winning strikes against Hudson and Holy Name, and five assists.
When Shingary visited with the Bulls and saw the way they approached an early morning workout, the ultra-competitive All-Gazette selection was sold.
“What stood out to me was how the girls were so competitive,” she said. “It was 7 o’clock in the morning and they were still fighting. The team is so close, too, and that was really important to me.”
After a roller-coaster ride of emotions over the last couple of months, Shingary feels she has found the place for her. She now can turn her attention to helping the Bees compete for the Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division title and make a deep postseason run.
“It was a long ride, but I don’t regret any of my decisions,” Shingary said. “I’m ready for my senior year. It’s going to be exciting and we’re working for a state championship.
“And now having this off of my shoulders, it’s really nice.”
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