Rachel Ransom to play soccer at W.Va. Wesleyan

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — A four-year soccer starter and scorer of 101 career goals in that time frame, Jefferson High senior Rachel Ransom recently signed an NCAA binding letter of intent to attend West Virginia Wesleyan of the newly formed Mountain East Conference.

Ransom was able to start for the Lady Cougars as a freshman in 2009 when Jefferson qualified for the four-team state tournament in Beckley. As a sophomore in 2010, she was a starter on still another Lady Cougar team that reached the state tournament. Jefferson was beaten in the semifinals in both those seasons.

It was as a junior and senior that Ransom’s scoring pace really picked up and she was selected to the soccer coaches Class AAA All-State teams.

Rachel Ransom scored 101 goals in her four-year career.

Rachel Ransom scored 101 goals in her four-year career.

Late this past fall, Ransom surpassed the 100-goal mark in her career.

Ransom will be coached at West Virginia Wesleyan by Pat Holquin. Holquin has coached Ransom during past summers in a program known as the Olympic Development Program.

The Bobcats were 12-6-3 overall in 2012 and will be in the Mountain East Conference in Ransom’s first year on campus in Buckhannon.

West Virginia Wesleyan had a 7-2-1 record in the WVIAC last season and finished second behind only Alderson-Broaddus. The Bobcats received an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II tournament.

Ransom’s older brother, Kyle, who was a steady influence on her progress as a player, is a member of the Shepherd soccer team.

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