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‘Grounded’ as a Lady SoccerDawg leader, Kinzer headed to C-N

Listening to Eric Turner talk, Shea Kinzer isn’t one to make a hasty decision before jumping into the college soccer waters.

“She’s very grounded, that’s probably her best asset,” said Turner, Bearden High School soccer head coach of the two-time All-state honoree and BHS senior stopper. “She doesn’t get too off-kilter.”

Kinzer signed National Letter of Intent papers with Carson-Newman during a signing ceremony at BHS Wednesday, Feb. 16.

“She was the only senior this year, and really kinda been the only one in that class for a long time, so she’s had to shoulder a lot of the load on and off the field as far as getting the team ready to play,” Turner added, “and teaching them how to be good players, good students and well-rounded.”

Kinzer, 17, was also a two-time District 4-AAA defender of the year honoree plus a four-time All-Region 2-AAA and four-time All-District selection as a four-year starter at BHS.

“That says a lot right there,” Turner said, adding that Kinzer’s role as a two-year team captain “was kinda unprecedented for us.”

Narrowing her choice to C-N or Eastern Kentucky, “I just went with what my gut was telling me,” Kinzer said. “I was really comfortable with this school and the distance from home. I’m going away, but it’s still close.”

Kinzer said other factors influencing her decision were EKU’s status as a new program and the “unknowns” associated with such situations, plus her familiarity with C-N’s style of play because Lady Eagle head coach Phil McNamara is also her club coach.

“He’s feels that I can definitely work my way into a starting position as the season progresses,” Kinzer said about her anticipated duties as an outside right defender.

As for the merits of the Lady Eagle program, “last year they went to the final four of the national (NCAA Division II) tournament,” the 5-foot-4 Kinzer said. “Soccer-wise it’s a really good school and I’m really excited ... .”

As a Lady Bulldog, “definitely I’ve grown a lot as a player through high school through coach Turner and (assistant) coach (Linda) Radcliffe,” Kinzer said. “They’ve been great support for me, just helping me, and gotten me in shape and saying ‘this is something you can definitely do.’”


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