Joining The Herd
Edenton's Ranger stays close to home, picks Mid-Atlantic Christian women's soccer team
Edenton Midfielder Stays Close To Home
By David Gough
Thursday, June 7, 2018
EDENTON — Mid-Atlantic Christian University will be adding a women’s soccer team to its athletic program next school year.
While it’s not known yet if it’ll have enough for 11v11 soccer, MACU will have enough for 7v7 exhibition games.
They added a defender on Wednesday afternoon as John A. Holmes’ Courtney Ranger made it official she will be attending.
She already knew she would end up there about a month and a half ago.
“They were the first college that came to me about sports,” Ranger said. “I always wanted to continue playing sports longer in my career. They came to me for soccer and I was like, ‘Yes!”
Ranger also participated in volleyball and indoor track, and she didn’t start playing soccer until sophomore year. She eventually grew into a player that coach Casey Abbott could depend on.
She admits she didn’t really know what she was doing when she first started.
“When I worked with her two years ago, I’d have to yell at her all the time to be vocal,” Abbott said. “But she became a leader, a lot louder of a defender. I needed that because I can only yell out so much as a coach. She was another voice for me on the field. She was a very relaxed player.”
That wasn’t the only praise Abbott gave of new MACU commit, either.
Ranger suffered ankle and foot injuries in the first game of the playoffs this season.
Abbott didn’t know how bad they were, but he noticed significant hobbling after the game and told her not to play in the second round if she was too hurt.
Come game time, Ranger said that she was able to go.
Although John A. Holmes got handled easily by the eventual state championship runner-up, Franklin Academy, Ranger gutted it out.
“She knew whatever she did, she wouldn’t do it to negatively affect the team,” Abbott said. “She’s the kind of person that drops pride and plays because she wants to win and make everybody else win around her. She was awesome to work with as a player.”
That’s one of the reasons that MACU decided to ask Ranger to come play for them.
Andy Meneely, the school’s athletic director, saw her play in high school as he also works as a referee.
While officiating some of John A. Holmes’ games, he thought that Ranger would be a great addition to the new program.
“I saw that the way she was moving on the field can bring something to this program,” Meneely said. “She seemed knowledgeable and was just a steady kid. She was always working to get in the right position. That’s something that (coach Ascencion Gomez) can work with.”
Ranger is ready to get started.
“I’m honestly looking forward to starting workouts,” she said. “That’s like a different thing to say, but I’m looking forward to it.”