By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
PLEASANT VALLEY —
Two East Fairmont High School girls’ soccer players are headed to college to expand their careers.
Michelle Paugh and Cheyann McQuain both signed their letters of intent Wednesday to play soccer at Bethany College, located in Bethany.
Paugh was a defender for the Bees, while McQuain was the goalkeeper, and they’ve always wanted to play soccer in college.
“It’s been a dream of mine,” Paugh said. “Signing means I’m taking another step forward in my life, and I’m really excited.”
“It feels amazing because I’ve always wanted to play in college but never thought I would actually get to,” McQuain said.
The two helped lead the Bees to an 11-7-1 season last year, ranking them within the top 10 in the state throughout the year.
Paugh said she picked Bethany because of the campus atmosphere.
“I liked the campus a lot,” she said. “The coaches were pretty persistent when they came to recruit me, and kept in contact throughout the season.”
Both girls are going to major in physical therapy.
McQuain said one of the reasons she chose Bethany is because of its academics.
“It looked like a really good school,” she said. “They have a good physical therapy program.”
Paugh said playing at East has helped her prepare for the next level.
“It kind of gave me a feel for the pace of the game,” she said. “It picked up from youth soccer to high school, and it will pick up again in college.”