Nichols signs with NC Wesleyan

Published 10:27 pm Thursday, April 27, 2017

King’s Fork High School standout Cydney Nichols has signed to attend college at North Carolina Wesleyan.

The senior is an athlete of many talents, excelling in volleyball, basketball and soccer. However, with her decision to attend NC Wesleyan, she will play soccer in college.

“First I want to thank God for even presenting me with this opportunity,” Nichols said. “I chose NC Wesleyan, because it is a great school. Everybody is friendly. That’s the kind of environment I want to be in.”

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Nichols did an overnight visit and loved the women’s soccer team how friendly everyone was. The King’s Fork senior loves being on the field. Whether her team is winning or losing, she enjoys the sport of soccer and just being out on the field playing. She had interest from colleges from other sports but knew soccer is what she wanted to play all along.

Her family and friends were very supportive of her decision. Nichols joked by saying it finally took her 18 years to realize that her parents know what is best for her. Nonetheless, she is thankful for the advice and support she was given throughout her whole recruiting process.

A common theme of the recruitment process is stress, and it was no different for Nichols. She thought about her decision many times, making sure she was choosing what was best for her future. Throughout her four years of high school, she has always played three sports. Not playing volleyball and basketball will be different for her, but she wants to focus on soccer to see where it takes her.

The NC Wesleyan coaches liked Nichols’ play-making and scoring ability. She has 13 goals on the season so far for the Lady Bulldogs, which is among the most in Hampton Roads. Her ability to make plays against any type of competition caught head coach Beverly Binacular’s eye.

NCW went 10-6-2 this year. They are a NCAA Division III school in the USA South conference. The senior has plans to try to become a starter in her freshman year. Nichols will major in criminal justice.

During her senior year in volleyball, she was a first-team All-Conference selection. After basketball season, she finished first team All-Conference and All-Region. She was also an All-State selection for basketball. Right now, it looks like Nichols is well on her way to being on the first team All-Conference for soccer.

She wants to help King’s Fork soccer program to a championship this year.