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April 19, 2013

North's Corum reaches college soccer goal

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Amy Corum got a late start at soccer, but it didn’t stop her from reaching a goal of playing in college. Monday the North Laurel midfielder signed with Union.

“We came to a couple of games and also to a recruiting visit. She did good and we’re glad she’s signing with us today,” Union College coach Camila Mendes said.

Corum started playing soccer as an eighth grader at North Middle without the experience of Optimist Soccer or Upwards that most players bring.

North Laurel coach Becki Woodworth, who has coached Corum for three years, said work ethic is the thing that stands out most to her.

“She is a hard worker. She will work, work, work. She will work harder than anyone else there to improve,” Woodworth said.

Corum scored two goals with four assists as a senior. She also scored two goals as a junior. It is much more than soccer skills that Corum brings to a team, according to her coach.

“She will be an all-around student athlete, teammate. She will work hard in the class, on the field, wherever they need her,” Woodworth said.

Corum said she really didn’t think about college soccer until her senior year

“I didn’t really think I would be good enough, but coach Woodworth helped me a lot,” Corum said.

Mendes doesn’t see Corum as making a quick impact at the college level, but her work ethic will earn her playing time.

“As a freshman she’s still got a little ways to go. She will have to work on some stuff, but I can see she has a good touch with the ball and finishes well,” Mendes said.

The two North Laurel players that signed with Union Monday, Corum and Kendall Ellington, are the first since Woodworth played for the Lady Bulldogs. Woodworth said she did have a role in landing the two Lady Jaguars for her alma mater.

“When Amy told me she wanted to play in college, the first place I called was Union. I would send all of them to Union. I love Union College,” Woodworth said.

mhoward@sentinel-echo.com

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