Friday, May 24, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Mollie Paschall made history Wednesday morning, becoming the first Andrews High School female soccer player to sign a scholarship to play in college.
Paschall will play for Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.
She is only the third Andrews soccer player to receive a college athletic scholarship, following in the footsteps of Dustin Maglich and Glenn Lambert.
“It means a lot to me because I get to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” Paschall said, “and it’s going to help me make it through school financially too. So it’s a really nice opportunity.”
“[She’s] very dedicated, very strong, high in academics,” Yellow Jackets coach Shane Maglich said. “Her whole life has been about soccer.”
Paschall also plays on a club team coached by Maglich.
“No matter where I put her, she’s one of the most aggressive females I’ve ever met,” Maglich said.
Paschall said she loves being aggressive on the field.
“When we put her on the field in the trial, she was one of the toughest players out there, against my college players,” said Emmanuel coach Forrest Wimberly. “She really stood out. She had a real knack for being in the right place before the ball got there. So I just knew that she was going to come in and be very coachable.”
Paschall started playing soccer in the fourth grade. She had her doubts that she could play in college.
“My coaches and my peers motivated me and told me to go try,” she said. “I never had the confidence, but my coach and Emmanuel’s coach gave me the confidence.”
Paschall led Andrews to a 9-7 record in her senior season. As a defensive midfielder, she controlled the action.
“That’s the person that pretty much controls the game,” Maglich said. “She’s like the heart in the human body when she’s playing that position.”
Paschall said the biggest transition to college will be “all the stuff I’ll be dealing with as far as work study and soccer and school, studying and trying to be able to balance everything.”
Wimberly said every player he’s coached has “hit a wall” early in their freshman year, and it’s up to everybody in the program to help them through it.
“Whatever they do in high school and club, they’re going to use that amount of energy, both physical and emotional and mental energy, in the first three weeks of college,” said.
Paschall wants to study English education and be a teacher.
Emmanuel just built a new stadium and next season’s home games will be streamed live at www.goeclions.com.