Just two seasons removed from her first organized soccer game ever, senior Schaudon Herd signed a National Letter of Intent February 7 to attend Findlay University and play goalkeeper for the Oilers.
Herd began playing the game after her sophomore year at CJ when friend and Eagles basketball teammate Lynsay Strahorn ’11 (currently a midfielder at Cleveland State) suggested she try out for the team. The rest, as they say, is history.
“Lynsay told me, ‘You’re quick, you’re athletic. You should just try it out,’” Herd said. “Never once had I thought about playing soccer.”
Since starting in the net as a junior, Herd said highlights during her brief high school soccer career have included being named to the second team all GGCL Grey North and second team all-area in 2011, helping her team win two penalty kick shootouts, and finishing her senior season with CJ teammates as District runners-up. Herd recorded 27 saves in the team’s 2-1 District semifinal victory, a game decided by PK’s.
“If Schaudon had played youth soccer growing up, she would be signing with a Division I program right now,” said CJ head varsity soccer coach Roy Craig at a signing ceremony in the library. Herd, who intends to study pharmacy, will be considered a preferred walk-on at Findlay her freshman year and receive a scholarship after.
“I’m just excited to see how much I’ve improved from the fall, and how much better I can be this season,” Herd said.
The Oilers compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.