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Soccer standout VanBuskirk signs with Rio Grande (Audio included)

Benjamin Logan soccer standout Dana VanBuskirk is taking her defensive skills to the next level.

(Pictured front row: Dana VanBuskirk is flanked by her parents, Jody and Jim.
Back row, left to right: Rio Grande assistant coach Peter Masters and head coach Callum Morris)

The senior goalie signed a letter of intent with the University of Rio Grande during a ceremony at Benjamin Logan High School Friday afternoon.

VanBurkirk was joined by her family, administrators, and high school soccer coach Dave Evans.

VanBuskirk, who didn't start playing soccer until eighth grade, was a three-year starter for the Raiders.

She had an outstanding senior campaign, making a league-leading 166 saves. VanBuskirk saved 84 percent of the shots made on goal and sparked the Raiders (6-9-2) to one of their best seasons in several years.

VanBuskirk made her decision after a couple of visits to Rio Grande and a tryout.

The coaches were impressed with VanBuskirk's raw ability and quickness. They expect her to flourish with more individualized coaching at the collegiate level.

She also considered Owens Community College in Toledo.

Listen to VanBuskirk explain her choice and describe her game.

Listen to Red Storm third-year head coach Callum Morris discuss the recruiting process and VanBuskirk's skills.

Hear Benjamin Logan head coach Dave Evans reflect on Dana's decision.

VanBuskirk will pursue a degree as an orthopedic therapy assistant at Rio Grande, which competes in the NAIA Mid-South Conference.

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