FRC women’s soccer player Melissa Kalbfleisch signs a contract with Prairie View A&M with her current coach Don Williams on Feb. 19. Kalbfleisch is one of the last members of her team to sign with a four-year university, as every eligible player received at least one athletic scholarship offer. Photo by Toni Williams
Two more women who play soccer at Feather River College accepted substantial scholarship offers from four-year universities.
Melissa Kalbfleisch, originally from Reno, signed with Division I school Prairie View A&M on Feb. 19. Prairie View A&M is a historically black university that is Texas’ second-oldest public institution of higher education.
Abe García, the head coach for the women’s soccer team at Prairie View A&M, said he signed Kalbfleisch the moment he had a chance.
“Melissa is a physical, technical player that is able to maintain the ball under pressure,” said García. “I think she will be able to bring those skills here and contribute right away to our program. We are glad to have her come play for us.”
Naomi Feltham from London accepted a full-ride athletic scholarship offer from Montreat College in North Carolina. Montreat is an NAIA school, and its soccer program follows a different set of rules than NCAA schools.
The NAIA is made up mainly of private schools that invest a lot of money into its athletic programs. The result is some of the best players in the world play at these schools. Montreat won its conference last year, which attracted Feltham to the school.