On Thursday afternoon, Ursuline senior Lindsay Wong signed her letter of intent to attend the University of South Carolina Upstate to play soccer.

Lindsay will head to South Carolina Upstate with a very full resume on the soccer field. Since coming to Ursuline, Wong has been a varsity starter and star player on the pitch. Wong, a naturalized Jamaican citizen has also participated in the U20 Team Trials and U20 World Cup Qualifying tournament back in 2011.

Playing the game of soccer since she was four years old, it only took a few years for Lindsay to realize she wanted to play competitively.

“I’ve been playing since I was 4 years old,” said Wong. “I always enjoyed it when I was younger and knew I wanted to keep doing, at 8 I started at the club level.”

The process of choosing a college can be a difficult one for young high school students, especially when athletics are in involved. For Wong, there were many reasons she decided to attend South Carolina Upstate.

“I really enjoyed the people that were there and my family is only 10 miles away from the campus,” said Wong. “Family is obviously important to me so it’s cool that I’ll have them that close.”

Part of her decision was also made by USC Upstate’s new Head Soccer coach, Abby Minihan. Wong had met Minihan while she was an assistant at Syracuse University last year, and Minihan kept tabs on the talented Wong.

“I met her up at Syracuse where she was an assistant,” said Wong. “She got married and moved to South Carolina where she got the job with USC Upstate and she gave me a call.”

While Wong has obviously enjoyed her time at Ursuline, she’s excited for the new challenges ahead on and off the field.

Wong will study special education, where she’d like to one day work with young children with disabilities.

“I’m really excited for the school part of things,” said Wong. “Looking forward to working in special education and helping younger kids with disabilities.”