The last game of any sport for a senior is usually bittersweet because it is a celebration of the last four years, but it is also the last time they will play together as a team. For two Pocahontas County High School girls, their soccer careers are extending into college.
Kayleigh Arbogast and Brittany McMillion have signed to play soccer at Potomac State College.
Both girls have played soccer from a young age and are excited to continue the sport in college.
“I’ve been playing since I was three,” Arbogast said. “It feels good when I get out on the field and play. It’s a great stress reliever.”
“I just have a passion for it,” McMillion said about the sport. “I respect the game. I really enjoy playing with the team and learning more about it.”
After they graduate PCHS, the girls will trade in their maroon and gold for the blue and gold of PSC, a change they are ready to make.
“[Coach Mark Sprouse] wrote me a letter and asked me to come there and meet him,” Arbogast said. “I did and fell in love with the campus. He’s such a nice coach. I just liked it so much.”
McMillion took matters into her own hands and posted information online, which Coach Sprouse saw.
“He got in contact with me,” she said. “I went up there for a visit and fell in love with the campus. I’ve always wanted to play in college, but I never thought it would become a reality until now.”
Arbogast and McMillion are both very active in sports and extracurricular activities at PCHS. Arbogast is vice president of Tribe, president of SADD and RAZE, and plays basketball and softball, along with soccer.
McMillion is a member of FFA, FCA, SkillsUSA, the Student Leadership Club, as well as the soccer team.
Arbogast, daughter of Shannon and Darlene Arbogast, of Hillsboro, plans to study pre-physical therapy at PSC before transferring to West Virginia University to pursue a degree in athletic training.
McMillion, daughter of Philip and Susan McMillion, of Droop Mountain, plans to pursue a degree in criminal justice.
The girls will be joining PCHS alum Harley Francisco, who is a defender on the PSC soccer team.