By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
While most high school athletes have to retire their cleats after graduation, some get the privilege and opportunity to continue their playing careers at the college level.
St. Bernard’s Savanna Glover falls into the latter group and, quite frankly, she couldn’t be happier about it.
“Oh, I’m definitely excited about it,” she said. “I’m really glad I haven’t played my last game. I’m glad it’s not over.”
The Saints’ soccer standout inked a scholarship with Faulkner University on Tuesday, surrounded by a host of family, coaches and administrators on the St. Bernard campus.
The weight of such a big decision was immediately lifted after Glover scrawled her name on the dotted line.
“I’m so relieved and definitely nervous,” she said. “But I’m also excited to see what else is out there and what this offer brings later in my life.”
Glover was the lone senior on the Lady Saint’s soccer team this season, which made the school’s first-ever soccer playoff appearance last Saturday and finished the year with a 7-5-2 record before falling 4-1 to Class 3A Madison Academy.
Coach Shannon Mescher said Glover will be missed.
“She did really well for us this season,” Mescher said. “She’s a great leader, and I think the team learned a lot from her this year. I’m really happy for her, and we all can’t wait to see her play out there.”
As for how Glover ended up at the Montgomery-based institution, the senior could only attribute it to one thing.
“I honestly think it was God’s plan for me,” Glover said. “I had my heart set on one school, but I wasn’t accepted and was really lost after that. With Faulkner, it kind of just fell into my lap, and they offered me a tryout. I think it was fate.”
Whatever the reason for Glover’s decision, Faulkner coach Glenn Townsend is certainly happy to have the prep star coming to his team next fall.
“She’s a hard worker,” he said. “We like to get those Alabama girls, and it’s not always easy for us to do.”
According to Townsend, Glover attended one of his team’s camps in the spring and trained with the team.
The coach said he saw something special in her right away.
“A lot of these high school players don’t understand the physicality of the college game,” he said. “However, she came in and played hard and aggressive. That caught my eye. She was definitely a little bit of a surprise for us.”
As for Glover, she’s excited to be playing for a coach who’s “a very down-to-earth guy.”
“He gets on the level of the player and make you feel really comfortable,” she said. “He’s a well-rounded guy.”
When Glover makes the trek to her college destination in the summer, she’ll have two very set goals for her to meet with vigor as she takes on her first college semester.
“First, I want to maintain really good grades,” she said. “After that, I want to be an outstanding athlete for them.”
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at email@example.com.