BELDING — In the short time Belding has been playing varsity soccer, very few players have been able to play in college.
Charlene Kehoe will be one of those, as she signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play for Cornerstone University.
Kehoe, a senior, was deciding to play between Cornerstone and Huntington universities.
“I really liked the campus and the girls were really nice when I went there,” Kehoe said of Cornerstone. “I like that it’s a Christian atmosphere at the campus and how they live for God.”
Kehoe believes she can bring leadership to the Golden Eagles.
“Hopefully as a freshman I can be a leader and hopefully get improvement from the team and improve myself,” she said.
Cornerstone coach Randy Strawser said Kehoe is the kind of player he wanted on his team.
“I knew that she was the kind of kid that fit Cornerstone,” he said. “She worked very hard, she loves the game and she has a passion for the game. So I know she has a lot of upside because she has that passion.”
Kehoe’s speed and athleticism caught Strawser’s eye.
“She’s pretty athletic and has pretty good speed,” he said. “Hard work and effort. Those are key components.”
Where Kehoe will play is still up in the air because the team is still taking shape, according to Strawser.
“She’s played forward most of her time here (at Belding),” he said. “We’ll see. She’ll stay in, I would image. I don’t know where she will fill in as far as starting and playing. There’s still a lot of people to consider. We’ll know more in the fall when we start practice.”
Kehoe will be going to a team that was 6-8-4 overall last season, 1-3-2 in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
In the meantime, Kehoe has her senior season of soccer at Belding to play.
“I think we’re going to do pretty good. Our first game is next Wednesday so we’ll see how that goes,” Kehoe said.