Via NeoshoDailyNews.com. As a Miner alum, I personally consider this great news as I expect O’Neill will contribute immediately.
Soccer standout Paige Oâ€™Neill inked a letter of intent to continue her career with Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo.
Oâ€™Neill said sheâ€™s excited to contribute to the Lady Minersâ€™ program, where sheâ€™ll see time as a holding-mid under coach Joe McCauley. But while sheâ€™s looking forward to continuing her soccer career, the big draw for her was academics. She currently sits second in her class at NHS with a 4.4 GPA, and says she plans to pursue a chemical engineering degree at S&T.
â€œIâ€™m really exicted to go to S&T, because itâ€™s a really good opportunity for me playing soccer and getting a good education,â€ Oâ€™Neill said. â€œThe academics of the school were what drew me there. Thatâ€™s what I want to do, so why go anywhere else?â€
Make no mistake, Oâ€™Neill is also a standout on the pitch, where she has garnered all-conference and all-district honors in all three years at NHS. She also has been a standout for her club team, the Northwest Arkansas Lightning 95 Girls, under coach Doug Estrada. The team is ranked #1 in Arkansas and has won the State title in their age group every year since 2007 through 2012. The jacket photo is from 2011 when Paige was sidelined during the District Playoffs against Willard..
Sheâ€™ll again be a vital part of the Lady Wildcatsâ€™ team in this, her senior season. Wildcats coach Steve Schnackenberg said Oâ€™Neillâ€™s pride in Neosho soccer, and herself, is unmatched.
â€œShe worked endlessly on getting better,â€ Schnackenberg said. â€œShe spent time alone at the field, often just running or handling a ball or shooting.
â€œShe is a great leader, and is always looking to make the people around her better,â€ he added. â€œHer skills are evident to her hard work, and she knows what to look for and how to run the field.â€
Oâ€™Neill is the daughter of Robbin and Mike Oâ€™Neill.