Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 8, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: AHS senior Baumgartner signs with Austin College

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Athens Lady Hornets senior soccer player Myranda Baumgartner now has a home for the next portion of her soccer career.

Baumgartner signed her college letter of intent with Austin College Monday morning in the AHS athletic offices.

“When I told you that I was going to sign that weekend, we actually visited Southwestern and Austin College,” Baumgartner said. “We were able to meet the new coach and I connected with her a lot better than I did with the other coach and I loved the other coach.”

She said she will be playing as a forward for new head coach Kristina Corona.

“I felt like I could do more for their program than I could for Southwestern and I loved the atmosphere at Austin College,” Baumgartner said.

Lady Hornets soccer coach Dedra Jackson said this signing was a special honor.

“She did all of the leg work and was an excellent player for us,” Jackson said. “She is going to be an outstanding player for Austin College and she is the first one that has ever actually signed for us. We have had some that have went and played soccer but she is the first one to sign.”

The Lady Kangaroos finished the 2012 season at 6-12-2.

“I hope I can make a difference because right now they are in the middle ranks of the conference,” Baumgartner said. “I hope I can bring them up to the championship  level.”

Athens athletic director Paul Essary said he is proud of having another student sign a college scholarship.

“I am looking to get things from her at Austin College and they are getting a great soccer player,” Essary said.

Austin College made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament this season.