Haley Bowles, the upcoming senior soccer star for Harrells Christian Academy has verbally committed to play college soccer at Methodist University for head coach Bryan Madej.
Bowles is a skilled basketball player as well, but soccer has always been her thing.
“I first started playing soccer when I was five years old,” she said. “I love and have played all sports, but my favorite has always been soccer. I have been blessed throughout my years with some amazing coaches who inspired me to love and appreciate the game, and my goal has always been to play college soccer.”
However, about a year and a half ago, Bowles had a major setback. While playing soccer at a college ID camp, she tore her ACL.
“I was not sure how to handle the news when I first found out what was the matter,” she admitted, “but I was determined that it was only a bump in the road towards my dream. I can honestly say now that after having to sit out and slowly get my knee back healthy, I love the game and appreciate being able to play soccer even more.”
When narrowing down college choices, Bowles knew early in the process that Methodist was the place for her.
“I looked at other colleges and had offers from other universities, but honestly, Methodist had everything I needed,” said Bowles. “Sport wise and academically, they had everything I needed. The coaches, the players, the campus, and their physical therapy program opportunities all were huge parts in me deciding to commit to play there and go to school there,” she added.
She also admitted that being close to home so her friends and family could come watch her play the game that she loves so much was also important to her.
She is planning on majoring in Biology and then pursuing a Physical Therapy degree.
With one season left at HCA, Bowles wishes to keep her grades up and just enjoy her last year as a Crusader. She also plans to get better and stronger as an athlete, along with being a leader for her teammates. Regarding her school, Bowles has always loved being a part of the Harrells Christian Academy family.
“I have attended Harrells since kindergarten and I love it because we are just one big family. I guess I’ll miss that the most when I’m gone,” she said.
With her senior year on the horizon, Bowles is eagerly awaiting the date that she can get back into competition. She plans to make her college decision official later on in the school year, when she plans to sign her National Letter of Intent.