By Eddie Mowen Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org
March 11, 2014
Maddie Woodard has left a lasting impression on the girls’ soccer program at Preble Shawnee.
Now she is planning on taking her talents to the next level.
Woodard recently signed to play at NAIA Shawnee State in Portsmouth.
“I just knew this was the school,” she said. “I loved the girls when I went there. They made it very welcoming. I loved the school, the campus. It was just the right fit for me.”
Woodard, who leaves as the second leading goal scorer in school history with 58 goals, became just the third player in Preble Shawnee history to earn All-State honors when she was selected as a second team all-Ohio pick last fall.
She is a two-time all-league performer, including being named Southwestern Buckeye League Player of the Year this past season.
Woodard is also second in career assists with 40, total points with 146, assists in a season with 15, and goals in a season with 24.
She tops the Arrows’ all-time list with most assists in a game with five and goals scored in a game with five.
“She’s a big loss,” Preble Shawnee coach Kevin Schaeffer said.
Woodard, who led the Arrows to their first-ever league title last fall, will be joining a team which finished 9-7-2 last year.
Bears’ head coach Rob Appell, who just completed his 8th season, said he expects Woodard to come and contribute right away.
“We’re getting an experienced and talented player we expect to help us right away,” Appell said. “Sometimes it’s an investment or a process, with her we think it’s going to be a more an immediate type of thing which helps.”
Woodard, who plans on studying nursing, said she just wants to contribute while there.
“I want to succeed and be the best player I can be while there,” she said. “I set some records here, it might be nice to set some records there or something.”
In 2009, the Bears made the school’s first ever post season appearance with a 7-5 conference record and an overall record of 11-6. They have since made the postseason in each successive season. Appell has coached 28 All-Conference selections, eight NAIA All-Region selections, 14 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and the 2009 American Mideast Conference Freshman of the Year. During the 2013 season, women’s soccer had a program-record eight different student-athletes named MSC Scholar-Athletes.