By: Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
The West Carter Lady Comets’ Katie Barker is going to Asbury University to play soccer, signing her intention to attend the school last week.
Asbury assistant coach Aaron Martin said Barker’s talent and hard work impressed the school.
“She was at every conditioning all summer,” Martin said. “And she was a team leader.”
Barker thanked her parents for their support during her years of play, as well as her West Carter teammates.
“I’ve played soccer for 14 years now and they’ve been with me since the very start,” she explained. “Mom’s drove me three hours away just to play a game. My teammates have helped me (through injuries and recovery), and helped me overcome that so I can play at college.”
West Carter Coach Emily Hannah said it’s “been great” to have Barker on the team.
“It’s been three years I had the pleasure of coaching her at the assistant and head coach level,” Hannah said. “Like Aaron said, she’s an extremely hard worker. She’s a great leader for our team. And she was someone that we could always count on.”
Barker will be taking that attitude and work ethic with her to Wilmore, Kentucky next year when she starts her college career with the Asbury University Eagles team.
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