|Providence Day’s Robinson signs with Wheaton|
|Midfielder plays on top club program|
|Published Thursday, February 6, 2014 6:53 am|
Bailey Robinson will play college soccer at Wheaton (Mass.) College.
|PHOTO/DR. BENJAMIN ROBINSON|
|Providence Day midfielder/back Bailey Robinson (center) has signed to play soccer at Wheaton (Ill.) College. Robinson also played on Charlotte United’s club team.|
Robinson, a senior back/midfielder at Providence Day, plays the same positions for Charlotte United, one of the region’s top amateur soccer programs. He was recruited to Wheaton as a defender.
“I chose Wheaton College because of the outstanding soccer program and excellent academics,” he said in a statement on United’s website. “As a liberal arts school, Wheaton College has all the things for me to develop as a scholar-athlete and make a significant contribution to the Wheaton community. The Wheaton coaching staff is great and the team has a sense of family. I also want to be part of a soccer program that is competitive in its division and has the drive to be successful.”
As a member of Charlotte United since he was 13, Robinson played on an under-16 state championship team that qualified for the U.S. Youth Soccer Association regional tournament in Alabama.
“The amazing thing is that we only had 11-12 players for most of the season due to injuries,” Robinson said. “I still smile when I think about my team winning against incredible odds. It felt like we won the World Cup.”
Charlotte United Executive Director Bill Finneyfrock said Robinson’s athletic assets will serve him at the collegiate level.
“Bailey’s athletic ability allows him to play any position in the back,” Finneyfrock said. “He has the strength, speed, and leaping ability of a center-back but can also attack down the flank, crossing with both his left and right, as an outside back. Bailey’s demeanor also plays a vital role in defense. He is always calm and does not panic in our defensive third.”
|Not clear whether it's Wheaton (IL) or Wheaton (MA) -- I suspect Illinois -- but I've watched Bailey play for years (my son was on his high school team) and he is a terrific athlete. I actually took the photo above (great shot, if I do say so myself). Congrats to Bailey. It has been a joy to watch you play.|
|Posted on February 7, 2014|
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