By Chris Whitfield
The longer Anahy Rangel was away from competitive soccer, the more she thought about the sport.
It seemed that everywhere she turned — even in her own family — soccer was staring her in the face.
Finally, as she watched her sister Kristabelle play soccer for Point University this fall, the fire to return to the pitch was too great to ignore.
Anahy Rangel, who graduated from Southeast Whitfield High School this spring, will soon join her sister and the rest of the Lady Skyhawks. She signed a scholarship Friday with Point University, which was formerly known as Atlanta Christian College and in 2012 moved its main campus from East Point — just outside of Atlanta — to West Point on the Georgia-Alabama border .
“I didn’t play over the summer,” said Anahy Rangel, who was a defender for the Lady Raiders this past season. “I missed it a lot. When I would watch my sister play, I wanted to play as well. I just missed being out there and doing something and not being lazy.”
It took a trip to watch her sister play for Point University to make her take the next step, though.
“When I was in high school, I really didn’t think that I could play at the college level,” she said. “I watched them and thought I could play with those girls. It was like a new experience, and when I went and tried out with them, everything worked out right.”
Anahy Rangel will join her sister — a 2011 graduate of Southeast and a redshirt freshman at Point — and former Dalton player Nery Martinez on coach Randy Douglas’ roster. Martinez is a midfielder on the team, while Kristabelle Rangel is also a defender.
“This is a great opportunity for her, and I am sure she is going to take advantage of it,” said Kevin Kettenring, who took over as Southeast Whitfield’s boys coach this past season but previously coached the Lady Raiders.
Point University is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program and a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference. The Lady Skyhawks, who play a fall season like most college soccer programs, went 4-13-2 this year.
“Coach Douglas and I both kind of got in touch with each other,” Anahy Rangel said. “I liked it, and he asked me if I wanted to play.”
Anahy Rangel will enroll in January and is looking forward to getting out on her own and experiencing new adventures.
“I guess playing with new teammates and going and learning at a bigger school and meeting new people is what I am looking forward to the most,” she said. “The team is pretty good, and I like how they play. I want to study business and they have a good program.
“But mostly, I want to get away and see new things and get out and do new things.”