2013-02-14 / Sports

Goodrich’s Sinclair inks with Siena Heights

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Ali Sinclair signs her national letter-of-intent last Wednesday to play soccer at Siena Heights. Ali Sinclair signs her national letter-of-intent last Wednesday to play soccer at Siena Heights. GOODRICH — In conjunction with National Signing Day last Wednesday, Goodrich soccer captain and senior Ali Sinclair signed her national letter-ofintent to play collegiately for Siena Heights at a press conference at the high school.

Sinclair, a varsity starter since early in her freshmen season, is a captain for the Lady Martians and a forward. She also looked at the University of Tampa, Hope College, Albion and Minnesota State Mankato.

“I just really liked the campus,” Sinclair said after the press conference. “It’s a nice school and I wanted a small school with a good faculty. It just felt like home to me. Coach (Scott) Oliver said he wants me to start with my position where I am comfortable, then he’ll find me and the other girls the right fit on the team, so I will start on defense.”

Last spring, Sinclair was the Martians’ second leading scorer and led in assists, said Goodrich girls’ soccer coach Evan Huizenga. “She is a captain for us and is a great leader. She takes responsibility well and I think that will benefit her in the future.”

Huizenga added that Sinclair was brought up to varsity as a freshmen because of her work ethic.

“She had, and still has, a great work ethic. I am excited to have her on the team this season as a senior,” Huizenga said. “She has played most of the positions on the team for me. She is a great team player and would be willing to play any position that we need her to play.”

“It was exciting to see her sign yesterday with Siena Heights University Head Coach Scott Oliver,” Huizenga said. “She is a great young lady and I wish her the best at Siena Heights, but she is still a Martian for one more season and we are excited to see what she will bring in her senior season.”

Sinclair added that she is just glad this decision is off her shoulders.

“I’m really excited to being on my own and starting to prepare myself for a job,” Sinclair said. “I’m a little nervous about being away from home, and am sure I will miss my mom and dad and two older sisters.”

Soccer has been part of Sinclairs life since she was in kindergarten. She says she has never been away from the sport and plays year round as part of the WAZAFC95 North team the past three years, when not on the field for the Lady Martians. The intended psychology major earned honorable mention All-Genesee Area Conference as a freshmen, and made the All-GAC and All-District team as a junior.

“I’m just glad to have the pressure and weight off my shoulders and can enjoy my last season as a high school player.”

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