TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur soccer standout Laikelyn Leggett will take her game to the collegiate level after the announcement at a special signing ceremony at the high school on Wednesday.
Leggett will continue her soccer career as a member of the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers.
Leggett was recently named to the West Virginia Sports Writers Association All-State Honorable Mention Team, the WVHSSCA All-Region I Second Team and Big 10 All-Conference Second Team.
During her senior season, she compiled two goals and an assist and was a key component of the Lady Buc defense as a center defender that gave up just 24 goals in 14 games and posted three shutouts.
Leggett began playing soccer at the young age of three and it’s been a passion of hers ever since.
“I love everything about the game,” she remarked. “I love the travel, seeing new places, meeting new people and seeing how far I can go in the sport.”
Leggett said she is thrilled to be able to continue her career at the next level.
“I am happy that I don’t have to give it up,” stated Leggett. “I would miss it. Now I know I have four more years to play the game and then I can see where my life takes actually takes me.”
Leggett said it was her best friend’s mother that encouraged her to reach out to Alderson Broaddus about playing soccer for them.
“I was nervous about the process,” said Leggett. “I finally messaged the head coach (Jaron Hulme) and he messaged me back. We hit it off and I visited the university, and I knew right away it’s where I wanted to go. I have friends there and it isn’t that far away from home for me. I love that it is close by and my friends and family can still watch me play.”
It was also the family-like atmosphere of the Battler program that sold Leggett on playing for them.
“They are a family-based program, much like the team here at Buckhannon-Upshur was,” said Leggett. “We were a close team here and I don’t think that will change much at Alderson Broaddus.”
Leggett will join an Alderson-Broaddus team that won just two games in 2019, but since then they have moved into the Mountain East Conference.
The Battlers were picked fourth in the MEC Central Division in the recent preseason coaches’ poll.