Since she was 4 years old, Central High School senior Allie Amado has dreamed of playing soccer at the collegiate level. That dream became a reality Wednesday morning.
Amado signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, starting in the fall 2019 season.
"I'm super excited to continue my career," Amado said. "I hope I can play hard for the team and hopefully move up and start and get a good education while I'm there as well."
Amado has had a standout career with the Lady Raiders, capped off by being named First Team All District following the 2018 District 8-AAA championship game. A 3-2 loss to Columbia, Amado scored both of the team's goals that night.
"It's been awesome to watch her," Coach and grandfather David Amado said. "Just to watch her play and grow up and be a force on the field as well as a force in the locker room."
The Bryan Lions play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Appalachian Athletic Conference. After visiting the school, Amado knew that this was where she wanted to continue playing.
"The first time I toured campus there it just felt like home. The coach is awesome and all the girls are super welcoming," Amado said. "I couldn't have pictured a better place for me."
For Amado's parents, getting to see her accomplish this goal and play at the next level has been a dream come true.
"It's super exciting for us. There's been a lot of hard work and time and effort put into this," Carlos Amado said. "She's made us proud more than we can ever imagine."
With her soccer career at CHS complete, Amado is looking forward to the challenges of playing the game at the next level. She believes the lessons she's learned along the way in Coffee County will help her make an impact.
"I hopefully will be able to start, work my way up and just play my hardest on the field," Amado said. "Do the best that I can and what I've been taught to do."