February 1, 2017

Three Badin High School seniors ink women’s college soccer commitments

Three Badin High seniors have today confirmed their commitments to play women’s collegiate soccer.

Abigail “Abby” Lampe, Madison “Maddie” Smith and Nicole Visse will advance their skills to the next level -- Lampe to Ohio’s Ashland University; Smith to DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.; and Visse to Indiana University-East in Richmond, Ind.

Between them, the three will take 11 Division III district championship and five Ohio high school state championship medals with them to the university ranks. They were honored at a reception in Badin’s Pfirman Family Activity Center this afternoon on what is the first official women’s college soccer signing day for the Class of 2017.

“These are three more girls who represent the fabric of Badin girls’ soccer and the fabric of Badin High School,” BHS Athletic Director Geoff Melzer said. “They are outstanding representatives of Badin who have excelled at the premier level of state competition, and come home as champions.”

Lampe is the daughter of Ben and Tami Lampe of Liberty Township. She transferred to Badin following her freshman year at Lakota West. She is undecided on a college major.

Smith is the daughter of Brett and Laura Smith of Oxford and a graduate of Queen of Peace School. She plans to major in psychology at DePauw, with a goal of getting a master’s degree in special education.

Visse is the daughter of John and Cathy Visse of Cincinnati and a graduate of St. John Dry Ridge School. She plans to major in pre-med with an eye to becoming an emergency room physician.

Lampe did not lose a game in the nets once she became eligible to play goalie for Badin during her sophomore season, when the Rams went 20-1-1 and won their second consecutive Division III state crown.

As a senior, Lampe was named the Rams’ Most Valuable Player while earning first team all-Ohio honors. She was all-Southwest Ohio and first team all-Greater Catholic League. She also earned all-academic honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Visse was the backup keeper on Badin’s 2013 state champs, then lost only one start – to subsequent Division II state champion McNicholas – during the first half of 2014. She and Lampe combined to backstop back-to-back district champions in 2015 and ’16.

Smith was part of the state tournament traveling party in 2013 as a freshman, then was a mainstay as a midfielder for the next three seasons. Among her career individual highlights was serving four corner kicks that went for assists on goals against Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy as a senior this past season.

“It takes an entire team to win a state championship, and these girls were a key part of that,” BHS head coach Todd Berkely said. “Badin has continued to play at a high level the past two years, and this trio was front and center on the field, during practice, in the locker room. Badin has been blessed to have them as part of our girls’ soccer program.”

Nine members of the Badin state championship girls soccer rosters have now gone on to play college soccer, including Michelle Hessling ’14 (Mount St. Joseph), Madi Kah ‘15 (Ohio University), Morgan Langhammer ’15 (Evansville), Annika Pater ’15 (Eastern Kentucky), Malia Berkely ’16 (Florida State) and Gabby Geigle ’16 (Akron).

Ashland is an NCAA Division II school; DePauw competes in NCAA Division III; and IU-East is an NAIA school that will be fielding its first women’s soccer team during the 2017 campaign.

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