TENNERTON – One of the top defenders and players in the state is going to take her game to the next level and she isn’t going very far to do it.
Buckhannon-Upshur senior stand-out and shutdown defender Kennedy Samargo announced that she will continue her soccer career at West Virginia Wesleyan College during a special signing ceremony at the high school last week.
Samargo was recently honored as a Big 10 Conference All-First Team selection, a West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association (WVHSSCA) All-Region I First Team and a WVHSSCA All-State Second Team Member.
Samargo said choosing West Virginia Wesleyan as the place to further her education and continue her soccer career was an easy decision.
“I have always loved soccer and its always been a dream of mine to play it at the collegiate level,” remarked Samargo. “I like to be close to home and Wesleyan is ten minutes away. One of my reasons for wanting to stay close to home was to have my family and friends still be able to watch me and play and support me. I have always loved having my family’s support and now they can still come to my games easily.”
Samargo said her desire to stay close to home really led her to focus strictly on Wesleyan.
“I really didn’t look into any other schools because I had my mind set on West Virginia Wesleyan,” she noted. “I also liked the coaches, the facilities and my brother (Lucas) went there. It was just a college that I really liked.”
Samargo said that Wesleyan’s interest in her started with former coach Patrick Holguin and continued with current coach Richard Owens.
“I went to camp under coach Owens and it just continued from there,” she explained.
Samargo wasn’t sure this moment would have happened as an injury during her middle school days made her doubt if she could continue playing the sport she loves so much.
“I think every kid who plays a sport should look ahead and look for their dream,” stated Samargo. “I suffered a really bad injury and I didn’t think I would be able to overcome it. But I was able to overcome it and it made me realize that anybody can do what they want if they work for it. I would tell anybody that wants to play at this level to never give up and follow your dreams, even when times get tough, you have to push through it.”
On top of her awards this season, last year as a junior Samargo was WVHSSCA All-State Second Team and All-Region First Team as well as being All-Conference First Team.
This past season for the Lady Bucs, Samargo was credited with two assists from her defensive position and was part of a defense that posted three shutouts as the team compiled a 9-4-1 record under head coach Jackie Zuliani.
“Kennedy is a dedicated soccer player and loves the game,” remarked Zuliani. “I am anxious to see what her future holds and I wish her the best of luck at the next level.”
Samargo, who said she wants to major in physical therapy at Wesleyan, will remain a defender for the Lady Bobcats.
She will join a team that went 13-7 during the 2019 fall season and finished second in the MEC South Division.