MEDINA — Haley Anspach didn’t stay on the shelf very long.
Two weeks after de-committing from Indiana following a coaching change, the Medina girls soccer standout gave her pledge to Miami (Ohio).
The RedHawks won over Cleveland State, Cincinnati and Xavier.
“Throughout the whole entire process, Miami has always been (near) the top of my list,” Anspach said. “I loved the school when I went down and visited it. The coaching staff was amazing. The campus was beautiful. It just stuck with me.”
Coach Courtney Sirmans’s vision to breathe new life into Miami has Anspach amped.
In 2018, Sirmans took over a program that has made four NCAA Tournament appearances and captured two Mid-American Conference regular-season titles but went 5-29-2 over the last two years.
That’s a far cry 2012-15, when it recorded four consecutive double-digit win seasons.
Sirmans came from Rice after posting three straight 10-win seasons.
“It’s a great feeling knowing they’re on the rise with the new coach,” Anspach said. “To be able to play on a team like that and try to create a team that could possibly win a MAC championship is awesome to think about.”
In Anspach’s three seasons with the Bees, Medina has accumulated a 49-4-5 record. It shared the Greater Cleveland Conference title with state runner-up Strongsville and reached the Division I regionals in 2018.
A two-time All-Gazette selection, Anspach was second-team all-district and first-team All-GCC.
Her 36 points (16 goals, 4 assists) ranked third in Medina County, and she has 41 career goals and 17 assists (99 points).
“I love the feeling of having to work for the spot and getting to earn it,” said Anspach, who has a 3.9 grade-point average and will major in education with a minor in accounting. “Having the feeling of playing after I know my hard work is paying off feels great. Working hard gets you places.
“It’s the hard work I continuously put on and off the field. I will always try my hardest no matter what the circumstances are. Knowing that they believed in me after I already committed somewhere and that they still wanted me after I de-committed, I feel blessed.”