BRUNSWICK — Big-time players want to play in big-time atmospheres, which is why Caylee Jozefov decided to continue her academic and athletic career at Toledo.
One of the centerpieces for a Brunswick girls soccer program that reached the Division I regional finals in 2016, the midfielder has helped the Blue Devils to a 26-9-5 mark in two seasons.
Toledo won out over the likes of Kent State, North Dakota State and Miami (Ohio).
“Competition is a big part of my play,” the high school junior-to-be said. “I like to play at highly competitive levels and going to Toledo and having them play at a high level was important. Winning the (Mid-American Conference) this past season really puts a fire underneath me to work harder and be able to contribute to that.”
After knocking off reigning district champion Medina to reach the school’s first regional two years ago, Jozefov scored the game-winning goal to beat Avon 1-0 in a D-I, Region 2 semifinal.
Jozefov finished that season with nine goals and two assists to earn honorable mention All-Gazette status. Last season, she finished with eight goals and an assist.
Despite all that, she knows nothing is given.
“There’s a ton of great players up there and no guarantees,” Jozefov said. “You just have to prove your point as much as everyone else does.
“When I went up there, the coaches were amazing. We bonded so well and the girls were fabulous. They were so welcoming and so nice. It’s an atmosphere that everyone should have a chance to be in because it’s so supportive and so encouraging. You’re going there to do something you love. You’re going to get a great education, but you’re also there to play a sport you want to win. You don’t want to just be there to play. You want to win and get to the highest position you can.”
Jozefov, who has a 3.0 grade-point average and is considering majoring in engineering or pre-med, is being penciled in as a holding midfielder at Toledo.
“I believe no one works harder than me,” she said. “When I go out on the field, I want to win every 50/50 ball. I want to be the game-changer. I want to put as much effort out there as I can to put my team into a winning position.”