Ursuline's Signing Day table was a crowded one Wednesday.
Teammates Peyton Robertson (Emory), Katey Kansler (Rhodes College), Adrienne Bland (St. Edward's), and Anna Kate Coker (Trinity) will all continue to play soccer in college.
"St. Edward's was always the right fit," said Bland, who has played forward since she was four. "This day is so special with so many people here. I always wanted to play in college."
So did Peyton, Anna Kate, and Katey. Peyton's biggest soccer influence is former indoor professional standout Tatu Pecorari, who coaches her select team, the Dallas Sting.
"He always tells me to trust my ability and always pushes me to be better," Robertson said. "I came to Ursuline four years ago to play on this soccer team. It's been the best experience. You can't beat the comradery, and I love to win. I love representing this school."
Anna Kate transferred to Ursuline her sophomore year, but she played club soccer with Peyton and Adrienne growing up. Anna Kate is left-footed, so she'll be used plenty on the left side of the field at outside back and wing at Trinity.
"There aren't a lot of left-footed players in general, so I'm excited to make my mark," Coker said. "We've all worked so hard to get here, and to get here together is even better."
Katey will play defensive mid or outside mid at Rhodes.
"I love Rhodes' campus, and academically it's renowned," she said. "Soccer is not just a sport I play. It's a passion. This season has been amazing, and we have an unbelievable bond."
The seniors have three state titles already, and they're eager for one more. Ursuline is eyeing its 28th TAPPS state title in 29 years. The Bears, who open the playoffs against Bishop Dunne on February 11, finished the regular season with a head-turning 4-0 district win against Bishop Lynch. Adrienne and Kylie Dobbs each scored twice in the game.
"These ladies are amazing," Coach Auggie Trevino said. "I can't wait to see what we all accomplish the last part of this season."