Eguia commits to Martin Methodist

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Yesenia Eguia (front row center) is all smiles as she poses with her Marshall County soccer teammates after signing a Letter of Intent to attend Martin Methodist next year on a scholarship. Photo submitted

The second player from the record breaking 2015 girls soccer team signed on to continue her career in college when Yesenia Eguia committed to Martin Methodist on Wednesday.

The senior defender was instrumental in leading the Tigerettes to a school best 10-game winning streak to start the season and 13 regular season wins before falling to Spring Hill in the district tournament.

'Like home'

"Martin Methodist is a great school," Eguia said. "I went there and looked around and it's kind of small like home--it feels like another hometown to me. All the people that I met there were really great."

Eguia was part of senior class that won just four games as freshmen and sophomores before winning 18 games during its junior and senior season in which Eguia was named All-District.

"She has definitely developed over the past four seasons," MCHS coach Mark Redferrin said. "She's shown great work ethic and great commitment. I think that's what college coaches look for is a strong work ethic and strong commitment."

Hard worker

"She's missed maybe two days of practice her entire four years," Redferrin continued. "She took her soccer training seriously from the beginning and you have to do that in order to get to the next level. She did what she needed to do to get here and we're really proud of her today."

The women's soccer team at Martin Methodist is steeped in tradition, having won the NAIA National Championship in 2005 and 2007 while earning nine consecutive NAIA National Tournament berths from 2004-thru-2012.

Competing in the Southern States Conference, the RedHawks finished the 2015 season with a 15-5 record before losing in the NAIA national quarterfinals to University of Northwestern-Ohio 2-0 after winning the first two games of the tournament.

Local touch

Martin Methodist features several Marshall County natives---Sarah Blasingim from Forrest, and Alexa Goodman, Alexis Easterwood and Lindsey Robison from Cornersville.

Although the demands of college athletics are more intense than high school sports, coach Redferrin has no doubt Eguia will adjust perfectly.

"It will be a struggle at first, a challenge," Redferrin said. "They train a lot in college. Four, five, six hours a day to start off with. But I have no doubt that she's going to adjust (to the training), she's going to get used to the pace of the college game becuase the pace of play is tremendously faster than high school, but seeing her make adjustments in high school I know she's adaptable. She'll be just fine."

Tigerettes achieve

Eguia is the third member of the senior Tigerette soccer class to sign on to play college athletics as Abbey Redferrin signed with Freed Hardeman to play soccer and goalie Alexis Ford will join Yesenia in Pulaski, but on the basketball court.

"I'm excited to see how it is down there and get closer to my teammates," Eugia said. "I want to have a good freshman season."