Amanda Hoglund had known for some time where she wanted to play her college soccer.
The Richmond-Burton junior made it official Monday when she committed to NCAA Division I Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Hoglund, a two-time Northwest Herald All-Area first-team selection, visited Baylor twice and Bears coaches also saw her play twice.
“I loved it there,” Hoglund said. “The coaching staff was above and beyond with everything. The head coach (Marci Jobson) is awesome, and her husband (Paul Jobson) is her assistant. Their coaching style is exactly what I wanted.”
Hoglund scored 48 goals and 16 assists for the Rockets as a freshman, helping the team finish third in the IHSA Class A state tournament. She again led R-B in scoring as a sophomore.
NCAA rules forbid coaches from initiating contact with athletes of Hoglund’s grade in school, but she emailed Baylor’s coaches in February, who then corresponded with her club coaches from Schaumburg-based Sockers FC.
Now, Hoglund is relieved to have her college decision made so early.
“I saw what the Baylor girls are like,” she said. “They’re strong, tough and good with their feet. I have to get even better to play with those girls.”