|Sarka ready for soccer future at Indiana Tech|
|Tuesday, March 04, 2014 9:28 PM|
OTTOVILLE — Monica Sarka had a dream to play soccer at the collegiate level.
She got her wish.
Tuesday afternoon, the Ottoville senior signed a national letter-of-intent to attend Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne and play soccer for the Lady Warriors of head coach Jim Lipocky.
“That’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, especially since I played varsity soccer for four years. I am a 4-year starter here and have played the sport a long time,” Sarka explained.
Her chance came from the Warrors, who play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics ranks in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
“One big reason is they have my major, accounting, with an emphasis on forensic accounting. I’d eventually like to get into something like ‘NCIS’ or ‘CSI’ — basically, accounting and law enforcement,” she said. “Two, it is halfway between our home here and our lake cottage, so that was nice.”
She knows a couple of adjustments will have to be made in the next months or so for the midfielder to play right away in 2014-15.
“One, I think my understanding of the game will have to improve. The girls in college know so much more about the game, especially from what I gathered in my visits there,” she went on. “Two, the speed of the game is at a higher level, as well as the physical part. You know, the players are bigger, stronger and faster.
“However, I have been playing club soccer for seven years now and I have been forced to play at a high level like that with those girls and teams. Even this spring, I have chosen to play club ball and some indoor Fusbol and not go out for track. I also will probably play with the girls at college when I can and get a feel for it that way. I think that will help me make a quicker transition for next year.”
Three other colleges were in the running until the end: the University of Northwestern Ohio, Owens Community College and Ohio Dominican; before she inked her LOT for Indiana Tech.
Having been a 4-year starter in high school will help her in the long run, she feels.
“I even played some with the high school team as an eighth-grader, so you have to adjust in a hurry. We always have struggled with numbers; we’ve never really had enough for a varsity and JV, so I started right away as a freshman,” she added. “That was my best year because I had my best goals-per-match average and I had a number of great senior leaders to show me the way.
“I think because of that and having to be a leader on the pitch right away, I’ve developed good leadership skills in my time on the soccer team and I think I bring that to the table. Before that, I got good experience playing in the SAY program.
“Finally, I think I bring a lot of dedication to the sport that will fit in well at the next level.”