Haley Pittman will be taking her scoring prowess to the next level in soccer.
The Adairsville senior and right forward striker, who has one season remaining in her high school career, will be an inaugural member of the soccer team at Life University, a private university in Marietta.
Life will compete in the Mid-South Conference and play at the NAIA level.
Pittman said she has mixed feelings about the challenge.
“I’m nervous about it but really excited to be a part of the first team that plays at Life University,” she said.
Adairsville head coach Dave Sexauer said Pittman is an offensive leader for the Lady Tigers who has contributed to its success for several years.
“Her level of play was a major factor in the Lady Tigers compiling a 2015 season record of 17 wins and three losses as they advanced to the second round of the state playoffs,” he said. “She has helped her team make the state playoffs each of the last three years.”
He said the three-year starter and letter winner is respected for her speed and agility by both her teammates and opponents.
“She plays determined and focused, is very competitive and can deliver a powerful finish,” Sexauer said. “She brings a consistently high level of play and can always be counted on to energize our offense.”
He said Pittman has continued to improve in all aspects of personal fitness and soccer skills throughout the offseason to include travel soccer and is poised to close out her high school career with a strong senior year.
“This year, as team captain, she has organized and led numerous activities and opportunities that have made her teammates better,” he said. “Her love of the game is evident and she backs it up with some impressive stats.
“Last year, she scored 24 goals and has scored 53 goals the last three seasons.”
Sexauer said she elevates the play of others through precision passes and can play the ball in a place for others to finish. She compiled 14 assists last season and has 30 assists over the last three seasons.
“Haley is a high-character young lady who is fun to coach,” he said. “She is ready to take her game beyond the high school level.”
Pittman, who graduates in the spring at Adairsville, said she will be seeking a chiropractic degree at the school as well as keep playing a game that she loves.
The Adairsville Lady Tiger said she became aware of Life University’s interest in her through playing on her club soccer team, SSA Chelsea, based in Kennesaw.
She said Sam Clark, Life University head girls soccer coach, had scouted her club team and expressed an interest in her.
“We started getting serious about my playing for Life University in the fall,” Pittman said.