Pam Pack’s Scott commits to play soccer at Wofford

Published 12:54 pm Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DAVID CUCCHIARA | DAILY NEWS NEXT STEP: Washington senior Caitlyn Scott signs her letter of intent to play Division I college soccer at Wofford on Tuesday. To her left is Pam Pack head coach Ed Rodriguez.

NEXT STEP: Washington senior Caitlyn Scott signs her letter of intent to play Division I college soccer at Wofford on Tuesday. To her left is Pam Pack head coach Ed Rodriguez.

During the best season in Washington soccer history last spring, 111 of the team’s 171 goals scored came from the feet of three individuals. The first, Christian Heggie, who led the state with 55 goals, now plays at Division III Guilford. The second, Alana Jefferson, is suiting up for Division II Queens University of Charlotte. But the third piece to the scoring trio, a junior midfielder during the Pam Pack’s state championship run, might be the most valuable yet.

Senior midfielder Caitlyn Scott officially committed to join the Division I ranks Tuesday morning, signing her letter of intent to play at Wofford College, a private liberal arts school in Spartanburg, S.C. Scott will look to provide a spark for a Terriers program that finished 7-11 and seventh in the Southern Conference last fall.

“When I first went there, the coaches were just so great and had a really good atmosphere. It seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity and I couldn’t pass it up,” Scott said.

“I’m so blessed to have an opportunity to play Division I. I’m just really thankful for my coaches, my parents and everyone who has helped me on this journey.”

Scott was an integral part to midfield widely considered to be one of the best in the state. It was a midfield centered around Scott, Jefferson and standout winger Harley Hudson that kindled Heggie’s historic single-season scoring streak, while also severely limiting opposing strikers passage inside the 18-yard box. With help from a lockdown defense, only nine goals were scored on keeper Emily Alligood through 25 games.

Scott finished her junior campaign with 11 assists and 20 goals, a mark good enough for third-most in the Eastern Plains Conference.

“When she came in as a ninth grader, I knew she had a lot of athleticism,” said head coach Ed Rodriguez. “I think that year she was the fastest on the team and I could see that. She’s always had a strong leg and when you have tools like that, you can build something. She wanted to work on the little stuff that not many players want to work on, which is touch.”

While Jefferson and Heggie may have overshadowed her final state line, Scott etched herself into Pam Pack history with one well-timed strike on May 27 against Croatan.

A place in the state championship on the line, Scott received a signature Hudson cross and redirected it off the right post, then off the left and eventually the ball found its way into the back of the net. The goal occurred just a few minutes into the start of the second half in what was an otherwise scoreless contest.

With lightning rippling simultaneously in the distance, the moment was just as ethereal as it was memorable. And there was no argument from Rodriguez when asked whether or not Scott’s goal was the most meaningful single shot in program history.

“She didn’t do it the easy way. She had to hit two posts for it to go in,” he said.

A senior, Scott still has one season of high school eligibility remaining and is a favorite to win the title of captain come March.

“This group of seniors — she’s one of five — have accomplished more in soccer than any group in our history,” Rodriguez said. “They’ve won the most playoff games, scored the most goals in a season, been apart of the best defense. She’s part of that, so no matter what happens she knows she was part of history. We have a new team, but I think with what we got and what we’re bringing up, it’s not a one-man team. Her being a good part of that, I think we’re going to do well this year.”

The Pam Pack will have to find a way to replace seven players (six graduates, one transfer), which combined for 136 goals. There’s little secret that much of the scoring burden will fall on the shoulders of Washington’s Division I prospect.

“One of my favorite things is playing high school soccer,” Scott said. “I just had a great team that worked so hard for everything. Just going to the state championship, it’s been a great journey.”

Scott and the Pam Pack open the 2015 girls soccer season on March 2 at home against Northeastern.