Eastern senior Katelynn Seagrave signed her National Letter of Intent in front of family and friends last week. (Herald Photo / Jenn Goad)
Eastern senior Katelynn Seagrave signed her National Letter of Intent in front of family and friends last week. (Herald Photo / Jenn Goad)

Eastern senior Katelynn Seagrave signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer for MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill. last week. She plans to study American Sign Language (ASL) while continuing her soccer career for the Highlanders.

“My mom taught me ASL when I was in elementary so knowing it… as a kid, I wanted to continue learning it,” she said. “

Her visit to MacMurray solidified her choice to attend classes there in the fall. 

“The connection with the coach and the team was pretty obvious. When I got there, they accepted me right away,” said Seagrave. “I could see myself playing for the team but also attending classes so that is how I knew MacMurray was the one.”

Seagrave didn’t begin her soccer career as a goalie, but the opportunity presented itself in an unorthodox manner.

“I was the only one who could touch the bar,” she said, “so I became the goalie.“

Seagrave said she enjoys playing that position because she is able to see the field from a different level. She is able to watch the defense, midfielders, and forwards open up their plays before facing down an opponent in a one-on-one situation. 

“It’s really competitive. You definitely have to stay on your feet,” said Seagrave.

After speaking with her coach at MacMurray the plan is for Seagrave to play both defense and keeper, playing multiple positions. She said she’s excited to get out there and play positions she is familiar with. Seagrave said that she is excited for collegiate-level soccer and competing against teams in other states.

“I want to thank Coach Phil (Williams) for letting me be the goalie, well the back up goalie my freshman year and moved me into the starting position later,” she said. “It has been a blessing because he has helped me fall in love with the game again.”

“Playing at Eastern has meant a lot to me. I’ve made a lot of friends and have grown closer to them. They’re like sisters. I have been able to meet and play with amazing girls the last four years.”