Martin signs Blasingim to scholarship

Friday, August 7, 2015
Sarah Blasingim, flanked by her mom Bridgette (left) and Forrest soccer coach Natalie Dennis (right), signs on the dotted line to play soccer next year at Martin Methodist College at Pulaski. Back row from left is, Forrest Athletic Director Scott Delk, Forrest assistant soccer coach Nicole Pickle and Forrest Principal Davy McClaran. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Former Forrest striker Sarah Blasingim recently made a last-minute decision to attend Martin-Methodist College in Pulaski on a soccer scholarship.

"It was last minute, very, very last minute," she said. "I was watching some videos and I was seeing every time where we scored, everybody was happy, so I just wanted that again."

Blasingim is a talented athlete with great speed and has a natural scoring instinct with the ability to be in the right place at the right time.

Exciting move

"I'm very excited, Her Mom and I have been trying to get her to sign on with somebody for two years now," Forrest soccer coach Natalie Dennis said. "It would've been a shame to see her waste all that talent because Sarah is an all-around great player, a team player and one of the best offensive players I've had."

Blasingim knows the competition will be tough in college as the RedHawks have a deep roster with players from all over the country and the world, including Japan, Costa Rica, Scotland, and Brazil.

"It's going to be hard, so I'll be competing a lot harder than I ever did before," Blasingim said.

At the same time, there is a comfort level about playing so close to home and there are many local players that Blasingim knows and has played with in travel ball and against in high school.

Many friends

"I know a lot of people down there and have already made friends with people at orientation, so I think when we start playing soccer, it'll be one big happy family," Blasingim said.

Blasingim graduated Forrest with a 3.43 GPA and wants to study pediatric nursing at Martin-Methodist.

"I love working with little kids and little kids love me, so I think that's something really good to do and will be a good job," Blasingim said.

Sarah Blasingim makes a move on defender before scoring a goal for the Lady Rockets last season.

The RedHawks went 14-6-1 last season, going undefeated at home under fifth-year head coach Tyson John.

Strong program

Martin-Methodist lost to William Carey University 2-0 in the semifinals of Southern States Athletic Conference before advancing to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Tournament where they made it to the quarterfinals before losing 1-0 to Keiser University.

"I just didn't want to miss this chance and never have the opportunity to do this," said Blasingim. "I didn't want to disappoint my mom and a lot of other people, so I'm pretty happy now. It'll be hard, but it'll be fun."