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OTTAWA — One of the foremothers of the three-year-old Ottawa girls soccer program is advancing to the next level as senior defender Sydney Beyer signed with Lincoln College Monday.
“I really like that is was a real small town,” Beyer said at the signing. “I wasn’t really looking to go to a big school. That’s what I like about it. I’ve really got to work hard for what I want, and I’ll get what I want (at Lincoln).”
The Lady Pirates’ backfield player said her time on the team made her a more concentrated defender as she learned how to help-defend in game situations and improved her leadership.
Beyer’s quality of engineering the Ottawa defense caught Lynx coach Amber Angermeier’s eye and led to eight months of recruitment.
“I really look for Sydney to step in next year and play a strong defensive role,” Angermeier said. “From what we’ve heard about her leadership here at Ottawa, I’m looking to transition that over. One of the benefits of going to a two-year school is the chance to get in there and jump in.
“Not only on the athletic side, but from what I know of Sydney so far, just her desire to play and that excitement about playing soccer really goes a long way.”
When Ottawa coach Holly Hall started the program, she had already seen the foreshadowed version of the now well-developed skill Beyer had on the soccer field and helped cultivate her to the next level.
“I worked with Sydney in her freshman year with a club program and Sydney was always one of our stronger players, but her leadership on the field has really progressed as she moved on throughout the years,” Hall said. “She plays in back and she is often the sweeper for us.
“If anyone knows anything about the sweeper position, you have a lot of responsibility to direct your defense to get them to mark up, to see the openings in the field and help clear the ball and get it up to our offensive third. She’s really done a nice job at communicating but also progressing in her soccer knowledge and skills throughout the years here.”
Beyer’s advancement to college play marks one of the first for a Lady Pirate, but not the only as senior Emily Janis will join her at Lincoln.
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