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Marietta’s Courtney Schuck to play soccer at Wingate University

Photo by Jordan Holland Marietta’s Courtney Schuck (front row, second from left) signed her National Letter of Intent Wednesday at Marietta High School to continue her soccer career at Wingate University.

Courtney Schuck put together a decorated career as a Marietta High School girls soccer player.

As a junior, she was a second team All-Ohioan and the District Player of the Year. This season, she led the Tigers with 20 goals and 14 assists on the way to the East Central Ohio League championship and a sectional championship.

Now, the next step for Schuck is playing at the collegiate level. Wednesday at Marietta High School, Schuck signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Wingate University. Wingate, which competes at the NCAA Division II level, is located in North Carolina.

“Wingate is definitely a place I’m going to be able to grow as a player and a person,” Schuck said. “That’s what it comes down to. I wanted a place where I knew I was going to be able to thrive as a person and grow as an individual and Wingate’s the place.”

Wingate’s 2020 season has been pushed to the spring due to COVID-19. In 2019, the Bulldogs finished 15-5-2 overall. They are led by head coach Jack Vundum and assistant coach Abbey Frail.

“The head coach is amazing,” Schuck said. “Both the head coach and the assistant coach (recruited me). They’re both very, very nice. I love them both.”

Schuck said she fell in love with the campus through her visits.

“I’ve been down there a few times and it’s definitely great,” she said.

“The location of it, as weird as it sounds, I love where it’s located. That was a big factor. All the people down there. It’s a very diverse place. There’s not a lot to do, but it’s a great campus. They keep it very nice. The players on the team are extremely nice too. I love all of them. They bring intensity to every practice which is what I really looked for.”

Schuck mostly played forward as a Tiger, but her versatility is what she thinks will help her the most at the next level.

“I definitely learned to be the best I possibly can no matter what role that is, whether it’s being on the bench, on the field, injured or what not,” she said. “That taught me a lot.”

Schuck earned second team all-state honors after scoring 20 goals and assisting on 12 others her junior season. She had plenty of big games as a junior and a senior, but it was a goal she scored as a freshman that is one her fondest memories from her prep soccer career.

“My freshman year, scoring the goal that helped us beat Uniontown Lake,” Schuck recalled. “That sent us to the district semis. No one thought we were going to beat Lake. That was probably my favorite, even though I just kind of kicked it and didn’t think about it.”

She plans to major in “criminal justice or something of that sort,” and isn’t worried about balancing academics and athletics.

“I don’t think I’m going to have a problem with it,” she said. “I love structure in my life. I wanted to be a student-athlete because I need structure in my life. I like having a strict schedule where I have no time to screw around. When quarantine started it was kind of rough because I didn’t have anything to do. I need something to do at all times.”

Marietta head coach Jeff Price is thrilled to see Schuck continuing her soccer career.

“I love to see that,” he said. “They put so much time in. I know how the soccer experience enhances the college experience.

“She’s going to be sorely missed. She’s been an integral player for us. I think girls learned from her. You always want someone you can emulate, and I think she’s a person they can emulate as far as her play on the field.”

Shuck is excited for the opportunity to play soccer for four more years.

“Thanks to my parents and coaches and everybody that’s been around and supported me,” she said.

Jordan Holland can be reached at jholland@mariettatimes.com.

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