Schuler signs with Kentucky Wesleyan soccer

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Heritage Hills senior Kiersten Schuler, center, signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Kentucky Wesleyan University on Thursday. Her parents, Tonya Cross, left, and Brett Schuler, right, were on hand as was her coach, Andy Fischer.


LINCOLN CITY — Kiersten Schuler was very excited when she learned she received an offer to play soccer from Kentucky Wesleyan College.

The Heritage Hills senior began eyeing Kentucky Wesleyan when she was a freshman after attending a camp. She said she was taken aback in so many ways, citing its beautiful campus and welcoming people. She believes she can make a difference on the field, and touted her ability to communicate because of how interactive she is. Schuler said she did look at other places, but she never went in depth with those places. She said it feels “awesome” and “amazing” to be able to go to where she's going.

“Kentucky Wesleyan was always on the front of my plate,” Schuler said.

Schuler enjoyed an accomplished career with the Patriots. She is second all-time in assists, and has the second most goals in a season. Schuler lettered all four years, and helped the Pats win two Pocket Athletic Conference championships. She twice earned first-team All-PAC honors, and honorable mention another time. Schuler has twice earned academic all-state honors. She plans to major in biology with a minor in health sciences at Kentucky Wesleyan.

“She is admired by all,” Heritage Hills soccer coach Andy Fischer said in remarks to a crowd prior to Schuler’s signing. “She is a great role model. She is caring, trustworthy, generous and hardworking. She’s one of the most competitive people I’ve ever been around, and she always has a desire to get better.”

Schuler, in turn, said the Heritage Hills coaching staff is a great role model for her. She will most miss her teammates with how much she enjoyed being around them. Her high school teammates have been part of her journey playing the sport. What Schuler loves the most about soccer is the drive and determination needed to play it.

Father Brett Schuler is proud to see his daughter achieve her dreams. The elder Schuler coached her when she was younger. He saw that drive and determination in Kiersten, and touted those traits she has on the soccer field can also be used in life. Brett said his daughter is the same way in the classroom, and is most proud of the character skills she has that will help her succeed.

“What you see is what you get with her,” Brett said. “She’s just a great girl, and we’re super proud of her.”

Kiersten is currently part of the Indiana Fire travel team based in Evansville. She’ll be using that to hone her soccer skills until she departs for Kentucky Wesleyan. Kiersten said she most needs to work on her consistency and making sure she connects with other players, because she said it’s easy to keep the ball for too long.

She is most excited to play college soccer for the challenge it brings.

“I love the challenge and something that tests me to make myself better,” she said.

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