Matthew Vandervoet | Dec 02, 2020
Grade 12 student signs up to attend Boston University on soccer scholarship
It was just over a year ago when Eileen Solomon made the commitment to attend Boston University next fall to continue her exploits on the soccer pitch.
Now, she has made it official, signing on the dotted line to cement the decision on the next stage of her athletic and academic pursuits at the NCAA Division 1 school, patrolling the midfield for the Terriers while studying biomedical engineering.
“It feels very real,” Solomon said right after signing the paperwork outside Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS), where she is currently in Grade 12. “I’m really excited.”
It’s a bright sport in what has been a dreary year in terms of sports for Solomon, as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closure of the Canada-U. S. border has meant no soccer. Until now, Solomon had been suiting up as a midfielder for the Western New York Flash of the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL).
“Right now I would be in the states playing,” the 17-year-old Stevensville resident said. “It’s a little odd. I miss my teammates.”
Eileen’s father, Jonathan, is proud of all the work his daughter has put into the game and is looking forward to heading south to see Eileen play.
“There will be a lot of boys trips to go down to Boston to see her play,” he said.
In addition to the Flash program, Jonathan said a lot of credit needs to go to the Greater Fort Erie Youth Soccer Club.
“That’s where she developed, all at the grassroots,” he said.
In the meantime, Eileen said she is going to continue with her training in a quest to keep her skills sharp.
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