Ever since she started kicking a soccer ball, Lakeside’s Jeanelle Bryan dreamed of playing her favorite sport in college.
On Thursday, that dream became a reality when she signed to continue her education and playing career at Tiffin University.
“I’m so excited,” Bryan said. “I knew I wanted to play a sport in college. I just knew I needed to work for a spot, so every year I was growing as a leader and a player to be able to continue playing at the college level. To be able to say I’m going to Tiffin for soccer is a dream I’ve always wanted. I’m excited to continue my education and soccer career at Tiffin University.”
Tiffin began recruiting Bryan late during the fall season.
Later, she attended an ID camp at the school and found everything she was looking for in a college and a soccer program.
“After going to the clinic and meeting the team, the environment was what I was looking for and the bond the team has is like family,” she said. “With Tiffin, it reminds me of home because it’s small and the environment is very positive there, so seeing that made me for sure want to go to Tiffin.”
Bryan visited the campus on Nov. 11 and that solidified her intentions to sign with the school.
“That is when I found out that Tiffin University is the college that fits all of my wants and needs in a college,” she said. “I was looking for a college a little far from home but also was small like my hometown and Tiffin University was the perfect match for me.”
Tiffin recruited Bryan to mind the net at the next level.
“I will continue playing goalkeeper and I will be new on the team, but they are known to have a family atmosphere so I (believe) I will fit very well,” she said.
Bryan plans to major I exercise science with the hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon.