CUMBERLAND, Tenn. — As the 2019 season was winding down, Lewis and Clark Community College soccer player Emma Lucas began to have some doubts about a decision she’d made to give up soccer following her sophomore season at L&C.
It was a decision that wasn’t ever chiseled in stone. She had arrived as a freshman at L&C with the notion of playing just two more years but, Lucas may have been subconsciously waiting to talk herself out of following through and finally (probably after finally), Lucas decided she wanted to continue playing.
But that was after the Trailblazers third-place finish at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in November. By then, there were precious few transfer spots available anywhere.
Lucas went to work, and in less than a month, she found a spot at Cumberland University in Tennessee. And she’s already there, enrolled at classes after fulfilling her requirement at L&C a semester early.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” said Lucas, a starting midfielder from Roxana High who helped L&C to two consecutive NJCAA finals appearances. “While we were playing the region and district tournaments and then were at nationals, I kept thinking, ‘Maybe I DO want to keep playing.’”
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