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Stone grad Ondrejcak continues soccer career at Stevenson
By AJ MASONStaff writer
Come the fall, Thomas Stone High School graduate Allie Ondrejcak will be about 20 minutes away from older sister Samantha.
Samantha, a former soccer player at Salisbury University, will be attending graduate school at University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, while Allie is heading to Stevenson University in Owings Mills, recently committing to the Division III institution to continue her soccer career.
During the college selection process, 17-year-old Allie mentioned that her sister was a key component in deciding her future for the next four years.
“I’ve always been the little sister that wanted to do the same as the big sister,” Ondrejcak said. “We both grew up playing soccer and I’ve always wanted to play at the college level. She told me to make sure I made the decision that would make me happy, and Stevenson was the best fit for me.”
Ondrejcak garnered interests in Millersville University (Pa.), Frostburg State University and UMBC, but Stevenson won out.
“It was the perfect fit for athletics and academics,” said Ondrejcak, who is undecided on her major. “I liked the campus and everyone is just so friendly. It’s a big-time Division III school for soccer and I’m looking forward to going there, I already know who my roommate is going to be and everything.”
Ondrejcak, a three-time All-SMAC selection and a four-time All-County selection, was named the All-County Athlete of the Year last fall. She will be playing center back on defense under Stevenson head coach Graeme Millar.
“Coach Millar seems like he’s very fair and is pretty coachable,” Ondrejcak said. “When I went on my visit the coaches and the players were very welcoming. I got to watch the team play and I felt like I could fit in with the team and what the mindset was, they just have a winning mentality.”
A winning mentality is what Ondrejcak will bring to a Stevenson program that finished 14-6-3 overall and was 6-1-1 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Stevenson now will compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Mustangs will take on Messiah College (Pa.), the defending Division III national champions, on Sept. 29 in a conference opener at home. Messiah has won three national titles in the last four seasons.
Stevenson advanced to the ECAC Division III championship where it fell to Frostburg, 1-0, and finished with the second-most wins in school history.
“The game of soccer in college will be a lot faster,” Ondrejcak said on the transition from high school to college. “It will be a challenge, but I’m just going to work hard and become the best player that I can possibly be. One thing that I hate is losing, I always want to win when I’m on the field.
“I will be playing against grown women that are 20, 21 years old, so it will be a big difference at the college level.”
As a center midfielder for the Cougars, Ondrejcak scored eight goals and had 15 assists last fall.
Over her four years as a varsity starter, Ondrejcak had 19 goals and dished out 28 assists.
“I will miss how fun and competitive high school soccer really was,” she said. “My senior year was the best year for us, everyone just got along and we jelled together as a team. I’m going to miss my fellow teammates and good friends that, they made my four years at Stone memorable. I will never forget that.”
Stone head coach Andrew Prozik said, “Allie was one of the strongest players, technically and mentally, I have had the pleasure of coaching.” The Cougars finished 12-5 overall, 8-4 in SMAC, tying for fourth in the conference with North Point and Patuxent.
Ondrejcak, who recently graduated with her Cougars 2012 class, has been keeping her game strong with the Freestate Fury U-18 select team in Bowie and recently led it to a state championship.