By David Fong
TROY — While many youth soccer players go out on the pitch with the intention of chasing butterflies and dreaming of post-game orange wedges, Sierra Besecker always had a far more singular focus.
“This has always been my dream,” the Troy High School senior said of the opportunity to play soccer. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. Ever since the first grade when I first started playing soccer, I knew I wanted to be a college soccer player.”
And now she’s on the cusp of making that dream a reality.
Next week, Besecker will officially sign her national letter of intent to play soccer at Tiffin University. For Besecker, the choice was easy for a number of little reasons that all added up to Tiffin being the perfect fit for her.
“I liked everything about it, really,” she said. “I liked the size of the school. It’s relatively small, which I liked. It’s in a small town that felt a lot like home. It’s a good school. I liked the coach and I liked the players. The players all seemed to get along really well — it’s not too clique-y or anything like that. They all seemed really nice. And they’ve got a great indoor practice facility that I really liked.”
Certainly, Besecker will bring plenty of things the Dragons must like to their program, as well.
She was the leading scorer for the Trojans this past fall, finishing with nine goals and seven assists. The previous year, as a junior, Besecker was second on the team in scoring with six goals and nine assists. As a sophomore, she was third on the team in scoring with seven goals and three assists.
Her play on the field also earned her numerous Greater Western Ohio Conference awards. As a sophomore, she was named special mention All-GWOC North Division. As a junior, she was named second team All-GWOC North. Last fall, she was named both All-GWOC and first-team All-GWOC North.
“They told me they liked the way I see the whole field,” Besecker said when asked what Tiffin coaches told her they most liked about her game. “They told me I play quick.”
She’s excelled on the basketball court as well, earning second-team All-GWOC North honors the last two seasons. Still, though, there was never a doubt in her mind what sports she was going to play at the college level.
“It was always soccer,” she said. “I’ve always been about soccer.”
For as long as she can remember.
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