Most Division I women’s soccer programs were recruiting Loren Sefcik.
The University of Maryland, however, was more than a program to the current Medina senior. The school felt like home.
Sefcik will make her decision official Feb. 8, when she will sign to continue her athletic career as a Terrapin.
“It just felt right,” said Sefcik, who has been sold on Maryland since the school watched her play at a college showcase in San Diego. “The coaches and players all made me feel at home and I felt a connection with all of the coaches.
“It’s an amazing opportunity to play for a great program with top players from around the country.”
The talented 5-foot-3 forward, who has been a staple on the national scene throughout her club career, was being sought after by all of the top programs in the country.
After looking at schools like Georgetown, Notre Dame, DePaul, Indiana State, Kansas, Kentucky and Princeton, the athletic and academic successes of Maryland drew in Sefcik.
“They have a great academic and athletic reputation,” she said. “I was looking for a traditional, closed-campus atmosphere, and that’s what Maryland provided.”
Sefcik, who plays for the Internationals Soccer Club, was called up the U.S. Under-18 Women’s National team for a second time in November after attending training camp in October.
The 17-year-old, who was a member of Medina’s D-I state-qualifying team as a sophomore, did not play high school soccer the past two seasons to dedicate her time to the Internationals.
The experience of playing at a high level is something Sefcik hopes will benefit her in the Big Ten.
“Competing at the national level has offered me additional insight into the game,” she said. “Training with the top players in the country has helped my game improve, along with adapting to new players style of play and abilities.”
Sefcik will join a Maryland program that was 7-8-3 last season and 1-8-2 in the Big Ten. The record is a bit misleading, as the Terps played six overtime matches, including a 1-0 loss to then-No. 13 Penn State.
Sefciak is hoping to be apart of the class that brings Maryland into the upper echelon of the conference and could see time at center forward the minute she walks onto campus.
“I’m looking forward to the next phase in my soccer career,” said Sefcik, who is undecided on a major. “The next four years are going to be very challenging, yet exciting.
“I’m hoping to go far with the team and make it to the NCAA Tournament.”
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