By Rob Kiser
Madison Curtner first found her way to a soccer pitch when she was five years old.
Ever since then, she has worked towards a goal.
“I began playing when I was five,” the daughter of Adrian and Patty Curtner said. “As I got older, I knew it was something I wanted to do (in college) and I focused on soccer. It is why I played select (soccer), why I played high school and in the summer.”
Curtner realized that goal Thursday in the Piqua High School commons when she signed a letter of intent to play for Urbana University.
“I think it is exciting,” Curtner said.
Which would be a good way to describe the impact the PHS senior forward has on the soccer pitch.
After one goal as a freshman, Curtner played a key role in Piqua going 11-4-2 as a sophomore, recording six assists.
She followed that up with six goals and one assist as a junior and nine goals and two assists as a senior.
And her impact can not be measured by stats alone — as the fiery and aggressive Curtner constantly puts pressure on defenses.
“I think it is her tenacity,” Piqua girls coach Bret Ritter said. “I think she works very hard and plays hard.”
And Ritter said it is always a plus for younger players in the program to see girls going on to play at the next level.
“I hope to use this as motivation,” Ritter said. “And I think Urbana (University) is a great fit for Madison (Curtner).”
At the same time, Curtner made her college choice for the right reason.
“Their education program is awesome,” Curtner said. “That is why I am going there. And they have 100 percent placement rate for graduates (in that program).”
And Curtner hopes to make an impact on the soccer pitch as well.
“I liked a lot of the girls a lot when I met them, which made a big difference as well,” Curtner said. “I was a little nervous at first (with playing at the college level). But, I do (feels like she can make an impact right away).”
And bring the same excitement to the soccer pitch at Urbana University — that she did while playing for Piqua.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.