Monday, June 16, 2014

Eclipse Select's Lea Waddle headed to Vanderbilt in 2016

CHICAGO (June 16, 2014) – It is only natural to gravitate toward the successful Eclipse Select Soccer Club sister connection that exists in the Waddle family. With two older sisters already competing at the college level, current club midfielder Lea Waddle (Lake Forest, Ill.) will become the third collegian on the pitch as she recently made her commitment to play at Vanderbilt in the fall of 2016.

“It’s so exciting to finally know where you are going to go to college,” Waddle said. “I still have a lot to do and accomplish with the club program, so that is where my focus still is. It was never my priority to have my commitment this early, but it’s nice to have gone through this process. Everything just fell into place.”

During her search, Waddle had also visited Boston College, as well as Northwestern, where her oldest sister Georgia completed her junior season in the fall of 2013. Instead, Lea will reunite with the family’s second-oldest sister, Angela, who wrapped up her freshman campaign and will be a junior when Lea joins in 2016.

“She obviously had some great pointers and great advice, discussing how to weigh the positives and negatives during the search,” Waddle said of her conversations with Angela. “Her personal experience, though, will be much different than mine. We are two completely different players. It turned out to be a perfect fit for me in my own way, and in her own way, so it’s interesting how things worked out like that.”

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