Sometimes it’s all about who you know.
For Sheridan Reid, that’s what it took to find her future home at Robert Morris.
The Camp Hill senior, who fueled a District 3 Class 1A championship run weeks ago, was connected to the NCAA Division I program via head Lions head coach Jared Latchford and former assistant Jes Weary Colatta, two former Robert Morris soccer players.
“They both knew the women’s coach and just said how much they enjoyed the school,” Reid said last week via Twitter direct message. “I went to visit the school about a couple months ago and just felt at home. All the girls on the team were so welcoming and I really enjoyed the campus.”
So much so that she committed to the Colonials almost as soon as 18th-year head coach John Kowalski offered her a scholarship a day after the Lions (18-4) were somewhat surprisingly knocked out of the PIAA Class 1A tournament by East Juniata 4-3 a year after making the program’s first state championship.
I’m truly blessed to announce that I have verbally committed to play soccer and continue my academic career at Robert Morris University! Thank you to my family, friends, and coaches who have supported me along the way!! #colonials pic.twitter.com/PCnT8VfLIv— Sheridan (@sheridannreid) November 7, 2018
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“That’s just how the timing worked,” Reid said. “It couldn’t come at a better time because it was definitely a tough loss last night and I’m upset with how it ended and that my high school soccer career was over. I now have something to look forward to.”
Reid, a two-sport starter who will transition to the basketball court in the coming weeks, scored the overtime goal in the district championship that clinched the Lions’ first title. She then had two goals in the PIAA first round loss, capping a storied career where she oversaw the program’s turn from a losing record to a state contender in her four years.
“Sheridan’s a near-irreplaceable player,” Latchford said of one of the team’s pillars after the loss to EJ last week.
She was able to parlay that into a D-I scholarship; she’ll major in biology with a pre-med concentration, she said.
Reid said she also considered Mount St. Mary’s but never got a scholarship offer. She said recruiting picked up in July at an ID camp. RMU coaches then visited a few Camp Hill games.
“Overall, the process went well but I put a lot of pressure and stress on myself hoping they liked what they saw,” she said.
She will join Halifax’s Kristina Kelley (junior) and Cumberland Valley’s Sydney Bruckner (sophomore GK) as District 3 alumnae on the Colonials’ roster. RMU went 6-12 this season and has not had a winning season since 2011.