BY JEFF FALK
For student-athletes, there’s a lot that goes into college decisions – not the least of which is whether or not one’s skills can make a difference on the next level. Safe to say, Haleigh Echard made the right choice.
On Sunday in Cary, North Carolina, Echard helped the Penn State women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Duke, and an NCAA Division One national championship. From the pitch, Echard, a sophomore midfielder for the Nittany Lions and a graduate of Cedar Crest, got an up-close-and-personal look at the only goal of match, by teammate Racquel Rodriguez, in the 72nd minute.
It was Penn State’s first national championship in the sport.
During the Nittany Lions’ title season, Echard averaged 27 minutes of playing time and netted two goals.
Echard was the driving force behind Cedar Crest’s back-to-back Lancaster-Lebanon League championships in 2012 and 2013.
During the NCAA Division One tournament, the Nittany Lions and Echard posted six straight wins and outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 20-0.