Central’s Andrews signs with Crusaders

Feb. 11, 2013 @ 07:07 PM

In a flash, Kat Andrews thought it might be all over. All the hard work she’s put in, all the enjoyment she’s gotten from playing soccer — over.

But, after putting in months of hard work to recover from a devastating knee injury, she’s not done yet.

Now on the mend from her injury, Andrews, a senior standout at High Point Central, has signed with Belmont Abbey College to continue her soccer career at the NCAA Division II level in the fall.

“I never thought this day would come,” says Andrews, joined by her mother, Chris; sister, Noel; grandmother, Kay Patseavouras; grandfather John and step-grandmother Judy Patseavouras; and cousin Caroline on Signing Day. “It’s very exciting, for sure.”

Andrews started playing soccer when she was 3 years old and over the years has grown her love of the game, playing nine years of club soccer. But an injury to her ACL and meniscus in mid-September and surgery a month later set her back.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” she says. “I felt two pops in my knee, I went down, and then it started hurting really bad. First thing I thought was: ‘It’s my ACL. I’m done. I’m not going to be able to do it anymore.’ I was devastated.” 

But after hearing that schools still wanted her to play, Andrews, who now says she is about 50 percent recovered, saw that her hopes of playing college soccer hadn’t vanished. And that realization motivated her to keep working hard.

“It felt good. I was lucky they saw me before I got hurt,” she says. “It was a big relief.”

In addition to her club play, Andrews has stood out at midfielder and forward in three seasons for the Bison. She has earned All-Piedmont Triad 4A selections twice and has been key in helping Central compete with some of the area’s top teams.

“Kat is one of the most talented soccer players who has come through here in the last three years,” says Bison coach Kate Finch, entering her fourth year. “Her work ethic is top-notch. I haven’t had a player in the last three years who is more driven. 

“She’s been a leader by example, and she has a love and a respect for the game. She’s one of those kids who watches professional soccer, studies the game, and she has outstanding technical ability.”

Weighing her options, which included attending College of Charleston and Appalachian State, Andrews finally decided on the Crusaders, who won the Conference Carolinas tournament in the fall and have reached the NCAA tournament three of the last four years.

“I just want to go and play the best I can at Belmont,” says Andrews, who wants to study biology/pre-medical. “They expect a lot from me. And obviously I want to succeed — maybe make all-conference down there and possibly win MVP.”