Drew Moulton thought she wanted to go out of the state for college.
But the minute the Sycamore junior stepped on the campus of Western Illinois University in Macomb, she knew her college search was finished.
Moulton, who plays club soccer for Eclipse, verbally committed to play for WIU last week. Moulton played for Sycamore during her freshman season, but took last season off to focus on her club team.
“I had a feeling that this was my school. It just felt perfect,” Moulton said. “Everyone on the team was like family to each other. The coaching staff was just amazing.”
Moulton wanted to make her college decision sooner rather than later and tried to get as much college exposure as she could during the summer. She attended the EXACT Soccer Elite Prospect Camp at Benedictine University in July and initially met the WIU coaching staff there.
She narrowed down her choices to Wisconsin-Green Bay, Wisconsin-Milwaukee and WIU. After looking at the schools’ academic programs, her visit to WIU’s campus in September sealed the deal and the 3-hour trip from Sycamore to Macomb has some positives.
“I think it’s a good thing now so I can come and visit on weekends,” Moulton said. “My home games aren’t going to be too far of a drive for my parents.”
Moulton, who will likely major in broadcasting, isn’t sure whether she will play for Sycamore in the spring, but said she’s happy that her commitment is done.
“It’s a huge relief. I feel like there’s a huge weight off my back now,” Moulton said. “I don’t have to stress about inviting [colleges] and making sure they come and see me. I feel very lucky that I got it out of the way.”