TAHS soccer standout Carrie Vance: Shenandoah bound

Vance continues her soccer career at the collegiate level

This coming fall Carrie Vance will be trading in her #15 for #5 as she starts her first season on the Shenandoah University women’s soccer team.  The TAHS senior has been a starter on the girl’s soccer team for the past four years and is Tyrone’s all time leading goal scorer.

After attending several recruiting events from different schools Vance committed to Shenandoah in January.

“I was looking for a school that fit my needs academically as well as athletically,” said Vance. “After I visited the campus and met with the coach I was pretty certain I would attend Shenandoah the next year.”

“Carrie was our goal scorer and I know she will do the same in college,” said Tyrone junior soccer player Anna Baran.

Vance will be working towards her BS in business administration and a minor in chemistry, as well as playing college soccer. Her schedule is bound to be busy.

“The school works well with students athletes, so I know I won’t have a problem being able to do both,” said Vance, “I wouldn’t have chose Shenandoah if I didn’t there would be a balance between sports and academics.”

The Shenandoah Women’s Soccer team is a Division III school.  They play in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and their girls soccer team has advanced to the playoffs for the past several years.

Shenandoah head coach Elizabeth Pike started her career at Shenandoah in 2007. In 2011 she coached the team to a 15 win season where the competed in the championship game for the USA South Conference.

“I’m really looking forward to playing for coach Pike,” said Vance, “she has a good system going.”

In the meantime Vance has been playing for two local teams: Tyrone and the AC United club team from Altoona. She has also been busy following the Shenandoah preseason workout packet to prepare for the start of the soccer season.

“Carrie has been playing soccer since she was six years old,” said Jennifer Vance, Carrie’s mother and president of the Tyrone AYSO chapter, “As her parent it has been a joy to watch her play. [Aaron and I] are very excited to see where the next chapter will take her.”

Vance was also a member of the TAHS band, chorus, and the mock trial team.  Vance’s friends and family are very proud of her accomplishments and wish her the best as she advances in both her academic and soccer career.