Ware signs to continue her soccer career as a Lady ‘Cat at West Virginia Wesleyan

Madison Ware (seated second from left) signs to continue her soccer career at West Virginia Wesleyan College Tuesday in a special ceremony at Buckhannon-Upshur High School Tuesday afternoon. Joining Ware are her sisters Abby Ware (first in front row) and Kailyn Ware (front row, far right) and her mother Angie Helmick (first row third from left). Back row is Buckhannon-Upshur assistant soccer coach Sam Nolte, grandmother Mona Helmick, Buckhannon-Upshur athletic director Rick Reynolds and Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Jackie Zuliani.

TENNERTON – Buckhannon-Upshur soccer standout Madison Ware signed to continue her athletic career as a member of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat soccer team Wednesday in a ceremony at Buckhannon-Upshur High School.

Ware was recently named to the Big 10 All-Conference First Team, the WVHSSCA All-Region First Team and the All-State Honorable Mention Team.

During her senior season the forward scored 12 goals and had eight assists in just 17 games as the Lady Bucs posted a 13-5-2 record.

She was a four-year starter for the Lady Bucs.

“It was an honor to be a four-year starter at Buckhannon-Upshur,” Ware stated. “I didn’t come up as a freshman and expect to start. I knew it would be a big adjustment from playing middle school soccer and I knew I was going to have to work hard. And I did have to work hard but it paid off in the end.”

Ware will be taking her game just across town to West Virginia Wesleyan.

“I couldn’t image going to another college than West Virginia Wesleyan,” remarked Ware. “Wesleyan is a great school and they have a wonderful Education program and that is what I want to get my degree in. I am really excited to join a high-level soccer program like West Virginia Wesleyan. I really connected with the team during my visit as well as head coach Richard Owens. I know I am going to enjoy the experience.”

Ware will join a Lady Bobcat program that is one of the top programs in the nation.

This past season, Wesleyan finished 15th in the nation with a 13-2-6.

They advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

“It is a very special day for Madison and it is always rewarding to see a player represent Buckhannon-Upshur at the next level,” remarked Ware’s head coach at B-U Jackie Zuliani. “It’s extra special for me because I attended and played at West Virginia Wesleyan. It’s great to see our players want to continue their career at the collegiate level.

“Madison always brought the energy to our team and was always a scoring threat. We are going to miss her speed and determination on the field along with the threat on top. I wish her the best of luck as she moves forward with her career.”

Joining Ware at the ceremony were her sisters Kailyn and Abby, her mother Angie and her grandmother Mona Helmick as well as her coaches Sam Nolte and Zuliani and B-U athletic director Rick Reynolds.

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