Marsala signs with LaGrange
by David Royal
Mar 17, 2013 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cass High’s Katelyn Marsala will continue her soccer career at LaGrange College.

The Lady Colonel defender signed to play with the Division III college in a ceremony held at Cass High.

Jim Robbins, who coaches the Panthers, said Marsala plays one of the positions the school needs to fill in the fall.

LaGrange College lost six girls soccer players to graduation, he said, and is looking for a defender who aggressively plays the left outside back position.

Robbins said he believes Marsala is a good candidate to contribute at that spot.

“She brings the skill set we're looking for,” he said. “With our style of play, we like to get up and down the field.”

He added Marsala “has very good technique and is an excellent worker. She’s not afraid to get forward and join the attack. We are different because we demand our backs get forward.

“The other thing I like about her is she’s an excellent student.”

Robbins said he expects her to make a contribution to the team for years but said he believes those contributions could come sooner than later.

“She will compete immediately for some playing time,” he said. “She has a great chance to make an immediate contribution to our team and be a key player in the back for us the next four years.”

The LaGrange coach said he became aware of Marsala because of her play with the Southern Soccer Academy, a club team based in Georgia.

“I saw her play locally in the Metro Atlanta area,” he said. “I know the club coach [John Zonin] and have worked together with him in the past.”

Marsala plays on Zonin’s SSA team, based in Dallas.

Zonin said his travel team players often have an opportunity to play at the next level, many of them at LaGrange College.

Marsala said she became interested in LaGrange and later visited it and liked what she saw.

“I sent an email to the coach and asked to visit,” she added.

Marsala said she was one of three girls to visit and was treated to a campus tour and met some of the other players.

“It has a beautiful campus,” she said.

Marsala said she also likes the fact it’s a small college but is diverse.

The Cass player said while there she also has plans to pursue a degree in mathematics and wants to be a math teacher.

She also has a love for soccer, starting playing the game when she was about “4 or 5” years old.

She said she tried other sports but eventually gave the others up so she could oncentrate on soccer.

Her soccer experience also includes playing in the Bartow County Recreation Department soccer program, Clash and at Cass, where she is one of the defensive stars for the Lady Colonels’ varsity team.

Coach Phil Phillips said Marsala, a four-year starter, is a team player.

“She has been very open-minded, playing every position on the field,” Phillips said. “She has averaged at least five goals a season and has 20 assists for goals for her career.

“Katelyn has been a complete player for us and has worked hard to improve her ball skills. She committed herself to playing soccer year- round, in hopes of playing at the next level, and now that commitment has paid off.”

Phillips has no doubt she will make a contribution at LaGrange.

“I think Katelyn will have no problems making the transition to the next level,” he said. “She has a good work ethic, loves to compete and truly loves the game.”

She was named Cass High’s defensive player of the year in 2012.