Girls Soccer: Stone Bridge Back Schae Groton Verbals to DI Fordham

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Ashburn, Va. — Stone Bridge High School rising senior Schae Groton has made a verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at Fordham University starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

“Being committed is a huge stress reliever considering the process is so long and challenging,” the 5-foot-6 Groton said. “I am very happy and excited that I chose what I feel is the best fit for me and now I can just focus on my game and improve myself as a player.”

Groton’s continued determination and self-improvement helped lift Stone Bridge towards the top of the Potomac District standings in 2019.

“Playing at Stone Bridge has been one of my favorite parts of high school,” Groton said. “We are a very close team and always have fun together, but most importantly we work hard for each other.”

The Bulldogs finished the 2019 season 19-1-4 and 10-0-4 in the Potomac District, dropping their only game of the season on June 7 to Deep Run in a VHSL 5A State semifinal.

“This year we had one of our best seasons yet since I have been on the team and made it to the state tournament, so that made it even better,” Groton said.

While leading the Bulldogs to a tremendous season, Groton picked up numerous individual accolades as well, including first team all-region and all-district honors as well as a spot on the All-LoCo honorable mention list.

After one final season at Stone Bridge, Groton will take her talents to New York City, where she hopes to help Fordham continue to climb the Atlantic 10 Conference standings.

“I feel as if I have a strong work ethic and always want to push my teammates to the best of their abilities while also getting better as a player myself,” Groton said.

In 2018, the Division I Rams finished 9-9-1, while posting a 6-3-1 record in the A10, good for a sixth place finish. Led by sixth-year head coach Jessica Clinton, the Rams open their 2019 campaign at Tennessee on August 22.

“I chose Fordham because I really enjoyed the atmosphere there and felt it was the right fit for where I want to go with my future,” said Groton, who will play outside back for the Rams. “I felt as if I could fit into the type of team chemistry they have.”

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