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Mansfield to play soccer at UCCS

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoGlenwood Springs High School seniors Michaela Mansfield, left, and Dani Turley, right, sign their letters of intent to play women's soccer in college. Mansfield is headed to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, while Turley is bound for Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Pictured in the background are GSHS principal Paul Freeman, left, and GSHS girls soccer coach Steve White.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Michaela Mansfield’s decision to play soccer at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs involved more than just choosing a school. She also had to choose a sport.

A talented track athlete who has helped two Glenwood Springs High School 4×400-meter relay teams win state titles, Mansfield had plenty to think about. She had offers to compete in both sports at the Division II school.

In the end, the sport she’s been playing since she was 4 years old won out.

“I decided to go with soccer, just because it’s what I’ve been playing,” Mansfield explained. “I’d have a lot more fun and enjoy it a lot more. Track is really competitive, like individually more than as a team.”

As for the school, she just knew UCCS was the right fit.

“I wanted a D-2 school in Colorado, and they’re pretty close to home,” Mansfield said. “It’s a good town and the campus is pretty. They have some new buildings. I definitely liked the layout, and the soccer team definitely had a play on going there, too.”

Mansfield, who currently leads Glenwood Springs High School’s girls soccer team with 11 goals and eight assists, said she plans to major in business administration.

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