Westminster, Greenbrier teammates take next step

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Greenbrier's Carly Ray (left) and Bay Daniels both signed letters of intent to continue their careers at South Carolina.  JIM BLAYLOCK/STAFF
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Greenbrier's Carly Ray (left) and Bay Daniels both signed letters of intent to continue their careers at South Carolina.

When Cara Smith went on a campus visit to the University of Georgia two falls ago, she was sold.

The Westminster forward made it official Wednesday morning when she signed to play soccer in Athens.

“I just felt the school spirit,” said Smith, the Lady Wildcats’ offensive most valuable player the past three seasons. She turned down offers from Auburn, South Carolina and Virginia.

“When you experience something like that, there’s nothing that can compete.”

Also at Westminster, defender Kerrie Edmondson signed to play at Wofford. Edmondson, who is planning to attend law school in the future, had interest from Auburn, College of Charleston, Davidson, Dartmouth, Furman and Mercer.

She wrestled with the thought of attending Furman, but she said God helped guide her to Wofford.

“I prayed about it a lot,” Edmondson said. “It came down to where I’m supposed to be.”

• When Greenbrier standouts Bay Daniels and Carly Ray signed their letters of intent to play soccer at the University of South Carolina, they made official what they had planned for at least a year.

“I feel like an official Gamecock now,” said Ray, who verbally committed to the school in October 2010. “I’ve been nervous waiting all day.”

Ray scored 16 goals for the Wolfpack the previous two seasons and was the 2011 Region 2-AAAA North Player of the Year.

By contrast, Daniels suffered a knee injury early in the 2011 season and was out for the year after scoring two goals. In the 2010 campaign, she found the net 20 times.

“It was a bump in the road, but it happened at a good time,” she said.

No matter their previous success, the girls know what they will have to do heading to a team that went 16-7, won the Southeastern Conference regular season and went to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth consecutive season in 2011.

“As an incoming class we have big shoes to fill. Obviously, we’ll have to bust our butts in practice,” Ray said.


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