Austin’s Summerfield is set to play 2 sports at UWEC
Published 10:21 am Friday, March 4, 2016
When faced with the choice of which sport to play in college, Austin senior Chloe Summerfield decided to do what she’s been doing for the Austin Packers and play both soccer and hockey when she begins attending college at Division III University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire next season.
Summerfield is expecting the task of playing two college sports to be a difficult one, but she’s ready to take it on. She had initially shown interest in playing hockey at UW-EC, then she met with the school’s soccer coach and worked out a deal where she could play both sports, even though their season’s overlap.
“I just love the game,” Summerfield said. “I’m a competitive person and I think I’m self driven to have competition. I think it’ll be fun too. I know it’ll be hard and I’m expecting to do a lot of time management, but they’re willing to help me out with the process.”
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Summerfield has been a staple for the Packer girls hockey and soccer teams throughout her high school career. Summerfield, who recently played in the 18th Annual senior girls hockey classic, which featured the best hockey players in the state of Minnesota, had 114 goals and 60 assists as a Packer hockey player and she racked up 870 saves as a keeper for the soccer team. Summerfield also moved to forward at times and she had seven goals and two assists while playing up front for the soccer team.
Summerfield said she always wanted to make an impact at the varsity level when she was growing up in Austin. She thanked her coaches and teammates for supporting her and having a big impact on her as she improved as a player over the years.
“I always tried to work hard when I was younger because I wanted to be like the older girls who scored a lot of goals,” she said. “I strived to be like the older girls and my coaches really helped me push my hardest.”
Not only is Summerfield excited to continue playing her two favorite sports in college, she’s also excited to attend school at UWEC.
“Their campus is beautiful,” she said. “It was definitely in my top three campus-wise and being able to play sports there is just an extra bonus for me.”
The Blugolds women’s hockey team went 9-13-5 overall this season and the soccer team finished 6-10-3 overall.