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By Anthony Jones
Joining the growing list of Triad girls soccer players to find their collegiate homes, Caty Burton recently committed to play for the Rockhurst University Hawks.
“The campus is gorgeous and it felt like I was at home there,” the senior remarked about Rockhurst.
Located in Kansas City, Mo., Rockhurst University has a total enrollment of around 3000 students. Their athletic teams compete at the Division II level of the NCAA and in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Other members of their league include McKendree, UMSL, Quincy and Maryville.
Burton has been a part of Triad’s recent dominance on the soccer field that includes two state titles and only one loss over the past two seasons. The future Hawk has scored 13 goals and 11 assists for the Lady Knights over their past two seasons.
The senior also played a key role in Triad tennis finishing third as a team at last season’s state finals. Teaming up with McKinley Saffel, Burton won a sectional championship in doubles before earning third team all-state honors.
Joining the Hawks will help Burton achieve a long time goal, “I’ve wanted to play college soccer since I was a little girl. I’m excited to get to keep improving.”
Rockhurst has had plenty of success of their own in recent years and are fresh off an 11-3-3 campaign that included a 10-1-1 mark in conference action. The Hawks have also finished with a winning record in four of their last five seasons.
The recent signee, who plans to study pre-med, gave thanks to, “All my coaches, parents and teammates.”