October 25, 2016
Badin High senior Madison “Maddie” Smith has been thinking about playing soccer in college for a number of years – and now has found a home at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.
“I loved the campus,” said Smith, who recently committed to play for the Division III Tigers. “They have really good academics, and they have a super cool atmosphere for soccer. That’s definitely a lot of the reason I’m going there.”
The daughter of Brett and Laura Smith of Oxford and a graduate of Queen of Peace School, Smith is a starting midfielder for the 2016 Rams, and was a part of Badin’s 2013 and 2014 Division III girls’ soccer state champions.
“I’m really happy for Maddie,” Badin head coach Todd Berkely said. “She’s been determined to accomplish her goal of playing soccer at the next level and now at DePauw she can show the world what she can do.”
Smith plans to major in psychology at DePauw, with an eye to earning a master’s degree in special education.
“I’m so excited,” Smith said of her commitment. “It (recruiting) has been a marathon – it’s nice to have it done.”
“Maddie is one of those kids you love to have on your roster,” Berkely said. “She constantly works to improve her skills. It’s been a pleasure to watch her develop her skills both on and off the field at Badin.”
Smith scored Badin’s first goal in its tournament opening win over Legacy Christian Academy on Oct. 22, and said, “I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t play soccer. I’d probably just go crazy.
“It’s great to be a part of a team, part of something bigger than me,” she added. “It’s a cool sport; a lot of fun.”
And she called her years playing for Badin, “a cool experience. There’s nothing quite like Badin girls soccer. Getting to state was awesome.”
Smith is the fourth player off the 2016 Rams to commit to play women’s college soccer – senior goalkeeper Abby Lampe will go to Ashland University; senior goalkeeper Nicole Visse will go to Indiana University East in Richmond, Ind.; and sophomore midfielder Macy Harper will go to Xavier University.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org