Richmond Hill High School graduate and LaGrange freshman Allison Snider was recently selected to join the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) All-Freshman team.
This is especially impressive after Snider was thrown into the west fullback position, which she had never played before. Snider started all 17 games for the Panthers in the back line.
The NCAA Division III LaGrange Panthers won half the games they competed in this past year.
Snider, who is currently training for her sophomore year at LaGrange, said the sport is much more intense at LaGrange than it was at RHHS, but she is glad to see her hard work pay off by receiving this recent honor.
"The competition is a lot bigger and more athletic in college too," Snider said. "I’ve had to hit the weight room and practice a lot harder."
In addition to being a dominant force in Lady Wildcat soccer for four years, Snider was one of the lead players for the girls Select Comets team, which was coached by her father Darrell Snider.
She said she comes from a soccer family. In addition to her dad being a soccer coach for the past 15 years, her older brothers Ryan and Colin were both soccer stars at Richmond Hill High. Ryan went on to play collegiate soccer, also at LaGrange, for four years where he started every game he competed in.
Snider said she misses playing with fellow players Lauren Hall, Sarah Parker, Ginny Freeman, Maggie Lester and Sam Cooper - who all played together as Lady Cats, Comets and during an indoor winter soccer league in Savannah for many years.
She said she plans on playing soccer all four years at LaGrange and the sport will always have a place in her life.
"I love soccer," Snider said. "Even after college, I plan to pick up games and probably even coach some rec teams. Soccer has really helped me in life, and I don’t see myself ever walking away from it."
Snider is currently studying sociology and Spanish at LaGrange and is planning to shape a career out of one or both of those subjects.
Her other goals include plans to study oversees and to live in a foreign country while doing mission work.