Victoria East soccer goalie signs to play at University of the Ozarks

Emma wants to major in pre-physical therapy and become a physical therapist

VICTORIA, Texas — A Victoria East High School senior is taking the next step in her athletic career by signing to play college soccer. Emma Seiler is heading up to Arkansas to play goalkeeper at  University of the Ozarks. Seiler first played soccer when she was six-years-old. She continued to play in high school, on select teams and in showcases. Seiler didn’t think playing in college was an option until her coaches, teammates and referees asked her if she was going to play at the next level. Since then, she did research and started putting her name out there. Although Seiler is looking forward to this opportunity, she is going to miss her teammates in high school.

No matter who is on the team we are really connected and I am going to miss that, said Seiler. I don’t think that I am not going to have that in college, but the familiarity of the high school team of everyone knowing each other and calling everyone by nicknames, I’m gonna miss that.

Emma says she visited the school and liked how small and personable it was. Her goals are to eventually be a captain on the team and create the kind of connections that she has with the girls on the high school team with her new teammates in Arkansas. Emma explains why this is so important to her.

I think it’s a really big step for me, I didn’t think I was going to play college soccer, said Seiler.  It’s a new thing that popped up last year. I feel really excited and nervous, but mostly excited.

Emma is going to be an eagle in part to stay in shape and to continue playing the sport she loves, but also due to the fact that she will be going there with an academic scholarship. Emma says the coaching staff was welcoming and the school had the major she wanted which is pre-physical therapy to eventually become a physical therapist.