A Chickasha contingent will be present when Oklahoma Wesleyan University starts its fall soccer season.
Alyssa Willetts, who graduated in the spring, signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Lady Eagles and will start at the university in the fall. Willetts has been a key figure for the Lady Chicks midfield and was considering multiple college options to continue playing.
At least with this choice, she'll join a familiar face. Former Chickasha boys head coach and girls assistant Scott Parkinson is now an assistant coach under Vladan Glavonic at Oklahoma Wesleyan, something that did influence Willetts' choice.
"It did help," she said. "I went to the camp and I really like the coaches. I kind of wanted to be closer home, and I like the school."
Glavonic said after watching Willetts play at both the Eagles' camp and in high school games, he was eager to bring her into the OWU setup.
"The high school brought the whole team to our camp, and that gave me a better insight on her," Glavonic said. "We started coaching and doing it our way, and I saw she could be an amazing player for us in the future."
Choosing a school proved somewhat difficult for Willetts. She admitted her final decision was made earlier this week.
It could pay off immediately. The freshman could see plenty of playing time this season.
"I expect a lot of things from her in freshman year," Glavonic said. "This isn't just all potential; I think she's a good enough player to step in and play."
Glavonic said Willetts will most likely fit into a three-pronged midfield as one of the two traditional positions, getting involved in both attack and defense. She could also step into the attacking midfield role if needed.