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    Lake Catholic’s Ella Hadley zips up recruitment


    Lake Catholic junior Ella Hadley put an end to the recruiting process on Friday when she announced her commitment to the University of Akron.

    “It’s amazing to be able to continue to play soccer at the collegiate level and I can’t wait to be a Zip,” Hadley said. “When I first visited Akron, I felt a sense of community there and I just loved it. I also love the coaching staff and their style of play.”

    Hadley, who hopes to major in business administration at Akron, attend one of the Zips’ soccer camps and the coaching staff then returned the visit by dropping on a couple of her club team’s showcase games.

    It was during a visit to campus when Hadley developed strong feelings for the school.

    “The campus is beautiful and I really like how everything is within walking distance,” she said. “The athletic facilities are amazing, especially their indoor training field.”

    The Zips recruited Hadley to play as an attacking midfielder, a position where she believes she can thrive.

    “I think I’ll fit into that role great because their style of play is building out of the back, but always looking to attack and go for goal,” she said.

    Hadley scored six goals and finished with eight assists as a junior. She was named second-team All-Ohio and first-team All-Greater Cleveland.

    She finished with five goals and 13 assists as a sophomore.

    With one year of high school soccer remaining, Hadley is focused on leading the Cougars to that elusive first state championship.

    Lake Catholic finished second in the state in 2017 and reached the Final Four in 2018.

    “For my senior season, I’m hoping we can make it to states again and hopefully get the gold,” Hadley said. “Some of my best friends are on the team like Kennedy Rieple Andrea Babic and Julia Marusic, and I think together we can work to achieve that goal.”

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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