After committing to Louisiana Tech University in December 2018, Cleburne's Maci Geltmeier followed through with that decision, signing with the Lady Techsters' women's soccer program Wednesday.
Geltmeier has shown the potential to be a lethal scorer on the pitch, with her play at the start of the 2019 season evidence of that, and she'll bring that scoring prowess to Louisiana Tech in 2020.
In her junior season, Geltmeier scored 20 goals in Cleburne's first eight matches, helping the Lady Jackets to an 8-0-0 mark. She recorded five hat tricks in those first eight matches.
Geltmeier, who's been playing soccer since she was three or four years old, said she's blessed for this opportunity.
“I'm really excited,” Geltmeier said. “I want to thank everyone who helped me get here and I thank God. I'm just so excited to go play in college. It's really important to have this support from my family and friends and teammates. I'm happy they're here for me.
“Obviously, I have to thank my mom and dad, and my [FC Dallas] coach Tyler Powell for helping me. Also, my brother and sister, Carli and Cole, as well as my whole soccer team and my select team.”
Geltmeier took a year away from soccer before realizing how much the sport meant to her.
“I've wanted to play soccer in college ever since I joined select soccer in about fourth grade,” Geltmeier said. “I did take a year off of soccer, thinking I was going to run track. But I changed my mind because I missed soccer too much so I got back in it, worked hard and now I got my scholarship.”
Geltmeier said she had more than 10 programs show interest in her before she committed to Louisiana Tech.
“I really liked the coach,” she said. “I got to meet a couple of the players on my visit. I loved the campus. It seemed like a good fit. I just really loved it there.”
Despite missing nearly half of the 2018 season due to injury, Geltmeier still garnered second-team All-Johnson County honors and was also an honorable mention for the all-district team.
When Geltmeier steps foot on campus in Ruston, Louisiana, she said she's looking to make an instant impact for a Lady Techsters team that is coming off a 13-4-3 record this year.
“I'm excited to go in and try to beat somebody out so I can play,” she said. “I want to play my freshman year. I want to be able to say I did it and that I did good for the team.”