Kirtland’s Lidia Rodin is days away from completing her junior year of high school but she already has mapped out her future.
Rodin on Monday announced her commitment to continuing her education and soccer career at Ursuline College.
“I’m thrilled to be going on and playing at the next level and getting this figured out now definitely makes going into my senior year so much less stressful,” Rodin said. “It’ll be a great experience playing with and against the top players around.”
Rodin first contacted the coaching staff at Ursuline back in January and later attended a camp at the school.
It was during that camp she became better acquainted with Ursuline head coach Jason Kubbins and his coaching style.
“Immediately, I liked his style of coaching and as I’ve heard a lot of great things about his program,” Rodin said. “I began to wonder if I could fit in that picture somehow. I spent most nights checking out their school and athletic websites, checking out all the stats and reading every article I could find on this recent season. I liked what I saw, and then one thing led to another and here I am, part of their future.”
Rodin was recruited as an attacking midfielder.
“I’m familiar with that role as I’ve been playing in that position for my club and high school team lately,” Rodin said.
In her three years at Kirtland, Rodin has scored 24 goals and added 29 assists and she led the team in goals scored as a freshman.
“Ursuline College is getting a special player, but more importantly an outstanding teammate,” Kirtland coach Ed Bradac said. “Lidia is a threat every time she has the ball at her feet. Her strengths are her foot skills, her dominant left foot, and her ability to score off of set pieces set her apart from others.”
With Rodin on the roster, the Hornets are 48-12-5 and played in back-to-back Division III state title games in 2017 and 2018.
“Lidia has been a major reason for much of our success these past three years,” Bradac said. “She has scored some incredibly memorable goals for Kirtland. I am very happy that she has been given the opportunity to continue to play a game that she truly loves.”
Now that she has her college decision behind her, Rodin is ready to focus on her final season of high school soccer and she hopes to make it a memorable one.
“It’s hard to believe my time at Kirtland is running out,” she said. “This upcoming season, I just want to give it everything I have and enjoy every minute of it. The ultimate goal of any team, especially this team, is to get to Columbus one more time. And when we get there, I’d love to come home with a ring.”