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Williamsburg Christian Academy senior Emily Duncan was prepared to attend Sweet Briar College, an all-girls school where she would play soccer for the Vixens.
That was until Sweet Brian College announced plans to close the college in early March.
Left without a college to attend, Duncan scrambled to find a new college to call home. Set on attending an all-women’s college, Duncan narrowed her choices before stumbling across Agnes Scott College, which is located in Decatur, GA.
After looking at Agnes Scott online, Duncan visited the college shortly thereafter with her parents. While on campus, Duncan said she felt an “overwhelming peace.”
“It was definitely a God moment that I couldn’t ignore,” she said about her time on the campus of Agnes Scott. “Much of my decision was rooted in what He wanted for me, looking for the college that would align me with His will. I just wanted to go to a place where I knew He wanted me.”
That’s why, on May 1, Duncan formally committed to play soccer at Division III Agnes Scott College during a signing ceremony held at Williamsburg Christian Academy.
With limited enrollment at Williamsburg Christian Academy, the school was only able to field a varsity girls soccer team during Duncan’s freshman and junior years.
Instead of playing soccer for the Eagles all four years, Duncan supplemented time playing with Virginia Legacy Soccer Club for four seasons before switching to play for the Williamsburg Sharks for one season after Legacy did not have enough athletes to field a U18 girls team.
Instead of playing soccer this spring, Duncan is taking some time away from the game to heal up from some lingering injuries sustained during basketball season. Come the fall, Duncan is ready to get back on the field to compete.
A central defender, Duncan said her skill set would come in handy on a Scotties team that was forced to play outside defenders in a central role.
“The last year or so they’ve lacked a true center defender,” she said. “I feel like I’m going to be able to have the presence, vocally and physically, even as a freshmen, to push one of their current centers out into a role that she’s more comfortable with.”
Comfort has not always been easy to come by for Duncan since the closing of Sweet Briar College forced her to rapidly choose a new college during her senior year. However, the Williamsburg native is quick to look at the positives of the situation.
“I viewed it as an opportunity to be ‘comfortable with the uncomfortable,’ a motto that’s really been prevalent for me this last year,” she said. “I knew that God led and took me away from Sweet Briar for a reason.”