Fillingim to Piedmont

After four years of hard work and plenty of ups and downs, senior Raquel Fillingim of the Lady Jags soccer team has received an offer to play collegiate soccer for Piedmont University. 

Fillingim, who is currently going through the application process, is excited for the opportunity to play soccer at the next level.

“I felt noticed and seen, especially since there’s a lot of things that are said about Cedar and the girls’ soccer program,” Fillingim said.

Fillingim has been on the Cedar varsity soccer team all four years. In a game against Providence Christian this season, she scored the team’s first goal since the 2017-18 season.

Fillingim says the team has improved throughout the season because they build their chemistry on the field.

“It was a very fresh team this year, but we were able to trust each other,” Fillingim said.

Head coach Alley Howell has seen Fillingim’s leadership skills grow throughout the season.

“She has natural leadership abilities. The other players looked to her for guidance. She kind of struggled with it at the beginning, but she came to understand what it means to be a captain and finished the season as one of the team’s best role models,” Howell said.

Fillingim says she’ll miss playing soccer for the Lady Jags team and believes her experiences will help her in the future.

“It’s definitely been mixed emotions, sometimes hard, but it’s been a lot of fun,” Fillingim said.

Howell believes Fillingim’s time on the Cedar soccer team will help her to be successful at Piedmont.

“She’s had to face a lot of adversity here. She’s going to a successful program, and she’s going to be a well rounded player. She’ll be able to bring a unique perspective to their team, and I think that she’ll become a leader just like she did here at Cedar,” Howell said.

Melany Mathis

Senior Melany Mathis is the Viewpoints Editor for BluePrints Magazine. Mathis won first place for the opinion piece portion of SIPA’s 2021 Best Writing Contest. She is interested in sports medicine and physical therapy as potential careers. Some of her interests and hobbies include listening to music and watching sports. This year, Mathis hopes to step outside of her comfort zone and write informational stories that shed light on interesting subjects.