HP Soccer Players Turn Into Raider, Husker

Amid all the usual hoopla about football on National Signing Day yesterday, we didn’t want to diminish the accomplishments of two members of the Highland Park girls soccer state championship team in 2012.

They were freshmen then, and now they are seniors almost ready to head to college and play for nationally prominent soccer programs. Emily O’Neal signed with Nebraska on Wednesday, while Kate Summers will attend Texas Tech.

Their information was inadvertently omitted from the story we ran on the football signees, so we’ve added it to the end of that account, and decided it was worth a post of its own, as well.

“It fit me and gave me a good vibe. The girls were really nice,” Summers said of the Red Raiders. “I’m going to work really hard so I can get on the field.”

O’Neal said her father attended Nebraska, and the Cornhuskers became an attractive option after she visited a summer camp there.

“I’ve got family up there. I think everyone’s pretty excited,” O’Neal said. “It seemed like the perfect fit.”

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