Wedge, Thomas, Podlesnik select Potomac State Soccer

By CHRISTINA DUNMYER Somerset Daily American

MEYERSDALE, PA — Three Meyersdale/Salisbury co-op soccer players signed letters of intent to play at Potomac State College Thursday at Meyersdale Area High School.

PSC SoccerCody Wedge, Ashley Thomas and Laurel Podlesnik all chose the branch campus of West Virginia University because it was a small school, close to home and they would have friends there.

All three athletes stressed how much they loved playing soccer and couldn’t imagine not playing after high school.

“I’m so happy I can play in college,” Thomas said. “I just love the sport of soccer and love the fact that I can play while there studying for my pre-dental classes.”

Podlesnik concurred, “I wasn’t ready to not play anymore. If I had the opportunity, I was going to jump on it. I had never even heard of Potomac State before the assistant coach approached me, but when he asked me to come visit, I hopped right on it.”

 Wedge, who will major in civil engineering, added, “I didn’t want to stop playing. I have friends from a travel team going there as well, and I wanted to continue playing with them.”

Coaches Marc Sprouse and Ray Kiddy learned of the players from their Mountain Ridge travel team affiliations and expressed interest right away.

“Laurel is probably the most versatile player we have ever seen,” Sprouse said. “I’m sure both Ashley and Laurel will be able to step right in and start for us this fall. We are excited to have them.”

Kiddy added, “Cody is a very physical and aggressive player. The travel team coaches said we should give him a look. We worked him out and we were sold. He is projected to be our starting sweeper this fall.”

Potomac State plays mostly two- and four-year junior college teams across Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

“We are very proud of Ashley,” her mother Ellen said. “We know how much she loves soccer but never thought she would play in college.”

Tracy Wedge added, “He loves to play and I think it is good for him to be active in college. It’s also close to home and has a good engineering program.”

Podlesnik was named 2010 Somerset County Defensive Player of the Year. Wedge was a second team all-county selection and Thomas was a first-team all-county selection.

The players will report for camp on Aug. 17 — four days before the start of classes.