Lady Eagles’ Soccer standout Allison Sekura chooses Bryan College to continue her athletic and academic careers. The blazing fast forward set a new school record with 49 career goals and 23 single season goals (2017) helping her team become the winningest in school history with 37 wins.
While she was looking at a couple of schools, Allison says Bryan College – who made their first NAIA Tournament appearance and won their first conference title this past season – was a perfect fit.
“It’s a great feeling,” says her dad, Dave Sekura. “She has accomplished a big thing today.”
“I don’t know where her soccer skills came from because it didn’t come from her mom or her dad,” he says admitting he always thought she would follow his footsteps in playing basketball.
But Allison was drawn to soccer and her love for the game became evident on the field.
When Allison earned a starting position her freshman year, Coach Smith says he could tell he was gonna be part of something special. But it wasn’t until he moved her to forward when the goals started adding up.
“You don’t see a lot of girls who have the audacity, speed and mindset to attack like Allison,” insists Smith who says she’s played a key role in changing the culture of Rhea County Soccer as well.
“The family atmosphere has been really great,” says Allison of her time at Rhea County.
“We always have a great time together. Coach Justin has helped me spiritually a lot as well. If he thinks I can go places, then I believe I can go places. He has been like a mentor to me over the past five years.”
Her mother, Stephanie, who could be the most relieved in her decision to attend hometown Bryan, says she appreciates all the coaches who’ve “invested so much in her daughter in training in the way she needs to go”.
Bryan assistant coach Kerri Heinbaugh says she looks for Allison to make an immediate impact.
“We’re really excited to have her. She’s a great natural athlete and a great person to bring into our program. She can obviously score goals and that’s exciting for us.”
Allison plans to pursue a degree in Psychology saying, “I’m really passionate about people helping people. That’s how I see myself in the future.”
She comes by the desire to help people honestly. Her dad is the Executive Director of the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) at Fort Bluff Camp on Dayton Mountain, and she’s grown up around this ministry.
“This is what dad’s all about. He’s all about athletes. Bringing God into sports and just becoming great individuals. I just want to do the best for him.”