Kamiak senior one of 20 on team committed to play in college
The Crossfire Premier ECNL U18 girls soccer can boast that its entire squad will take to the field next year in college.
Kamiak High School senior Maddie Seckman is one of the 20. The center back recently signed to play at the University of Portland.
Her entire Crossfire team, which travels around the country throughout the year, will play in college starting next fall, with 17 of the 20 girls committed to Division 1 Schools.
Seckman, who played on Northwest Nationals teams for years, moved over to the Crossfire team last year.
“I love it,” she said of the Crossfire team. “It’s a perfect fit. I really like how competitive it is.”
Due to the extensive level of traveling and the fact she wanted to pursue playing in college, Seckman left the Kamiak team at after three years with the Knights.
“I played freshman through junior years,” she said. “It was so much fun getting to play with my friends. and I loved it, but after talking with my club coaches and not wanting to risk injury, I decided to focus on club.
“It was a tough decision – it was so much fun to see all my school friends coming out for games – but in the long run it made the most sense.”
During those three years with the Knights, Seckman was named to the All-Wesco first team three teams and earned a spot on the All-State list as a junior in 2012. She had a three-year total of 13 goals and 13 assists with the Knights.
When it was time to start considering colleges, Seckman said she was looking at schools in the PAC 12, including the University of Washington, but after visiting Portland, she knew it was the school for her.
“They had a good nursing program – I’d like to be a pediatric nurse – and I felt for academic needs I wanted a smaller school,” she said.
She added that at the larger schools, with 400 or 500 per class as a freshman, she was concerned about getting lost in the mix, especially traveling so much with the team.
“When I went to UP, I just knew,” she said. “The classes were pretty small and it’s a big soccer school, so I knew the school and teachers would be flexible.”
After this season, Seckman and her Crossfire teammates will be scattered around the country, including the East Coast and Florida.
Some of Seckman’s more local teammates who are moving on include Calle Crisler, from Everett, Brooke Pingrey of Snohomish and Emily Crichlow from Edmonds.
“It’s pretty awesome to be able to play with all these girls,” said Seckman. “It’s the way we’ve played so long (very competitively) and we’re just not ready to give it up yet. I want to continue to get better.”
Though Seckman will head to Portland in June for the beginning of training and summer school, she hopes to return to Redmond that month where the Crossfire National tournament will be held.
If Crossfire makes it to nationals, she’ll be doing some traveling back and forth.
“It would be a good problem to have,” she said.
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