Gateway girls soccer's Warsaw to play at West Liberty
Allie Warsaw has seen it all in the sport of soccer since she first put on her spikes and uniform more than a decade ago.
She has helped her teams win their fair share of games, including the past three years as the starting goalkeeper for the Gateway varsity girls squad.
Warsaw was a part of three straight Gators playoff appearances as a starter, a Section 3-AAA championship as a junior in 2012 and 39 victories.
Gateway made the WPIAL semifinals in 2012 and was a WPIAL quarterfinalist in 2013.
Through it all, Warsaw maintained her desire to play at the next level.
She will get that chance in August when she begins preseason camp with the women's team at West Liberty State University.
“I've been playing soccer my entire life, and I can't imagine not playing,” Warsaw said.
“I always planned on playing in college. I just needed to find the right fit.”
Warsaw first connected with the coaches from West Liberty State at a showcase in January.
“The head coach emailed me after the showcase,” she said. “He said he liked that I was vocal, had good hands and moved a lot (in the goalie box).”
West Liberty State is a newer collegiate program and played only its second season in 2013.
The Hilltoppers went 6-11-1 overall this past fall and were 4-9-1 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Warsaw will be joining a West Liberty State team with local flair.
There were six WPIAL players on the Hilltoppers roster in 2013.
“I will have a good chance to play early,” Warsaw said.
“I think I can add a lot to the program. They really improved a lot from their first year, and I know they will continue to improve.”
Warsaw said she's already received a lifting and conditioning regiment from West Liberty, and she also is preparing for her first collegiate season this spring with play on her Trafford-based AC Athletico Cup team.
“Through cup soccer, I am able to stay in shape and play with and against some of the top players in the area,” Warsaw said.
“It will help me prepare for college.”
Gateway head coach Kevin Sanders knows Warsaw will be able to handle the rigors of college soccer.
“Allie has really come on since her junior year, and she's had a good spring this year,” Sanders said.
“She was able to add muscle and increase her strength from her sophomore to junior years, and her punts really started to get longer and higher. She continues to get stronger, and that will serve her well at the next level.
“She has played some great competition during the fall and in the offseason. She will be prepared for that stiff level of competition.�