South Fork High School senior Ashleigh Harrison’s soccer scholarship to Boise State University was celebrated at a gathering of her friends, family, and South Fork staff on Wednesday, May 4.
Harrison had been recruited in February by the coach at Boise State University to play soccer there, South Fork High School counselor tech Ann Constantino said.
“She’ll be getting a partial scholarship to play there. It’s a wonderful opportunity for her. It’s a Division 1 school, which has always been her dream to play at the highest level. She has prepared by traveling literally thousands of miles over the last six or eight years all over the state and all over the country on her various club teams and this is a just reward for all her hard work and dedication,” Constantino said. She added her congratulations to Ashleigh and her parents, Jack and Sandy Harrison.
Sandy Harrison explained that Ashleigh started out playing club soccer when she was 11 in Fortuna and then went on to play for several years for Nick Parker’s soccer program in Eureka. After that, Ashleigh was scouted to play in Marin, where she played for a few years before trying out and being accepted in Santa Rosa, which is an ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) club that travels all over the state.
Sandy said that due to the distance from her clubs, Ashleigh did not get to practice as often as her teammates so she had to practice a lot on her own at home.
“The traveling she has done has been amazing,” Sandy said. “We are all really proud of her and excited for her to take this next step.”
Ashleigh said that after she was recruited to Boise State she went on a visit to the school and fell in love the state, the people, and the facilities there.
“I just couldn’t be more excited to play soccer at such a great school,” she said.