Newberg High School standout will also study aviation at Minnesota-Crookston University

SETH GORDON - Newberg High School senior Maggee Hodgdon signs her national letter of intent to play soccer for NCAA Division II Minnesota-Crookston in a ceremony Feb. 8.

Having just started her recruitment in November, Newberg High School soccer player Maggee Hodgdon was a bit anxious and overwhelmed as she waded through various offers and schools.

Hodgdon wants to pursue a career as a commercial pilot, so when she discovered that the University of Minnesota-Crookston not only offered an aviation program, but also had her preferred minor of ecology, things quickly fell into place.

After an enjoyable visit in January, Hodgdon signed on to play for the Golden Eagles in a ceremony Feb. 8 at the high school.

"When I found out they had aviation and ecology and a small campus and that I really liked the team, that's when I really knew that's where I was supposed to go," Hodgdon said.

Hodgdon was a standout for Newberg High School the past three seasons, but really made a splash after switching club teams this past summer.

Moving from Bridlemile Soccer Club in Beaverton to Westside Timbers was not only a satisfying step up in competition, but also provided great exposure.

Playing under Cory Hand, who is also the women's coach at George Fox, Hodgdon quickly proved herself at a national showcase tournament in San Diego despite not having a chance to practice with the team.

"Maggee didn't take much time at all to make herself known and her presence seen," Hand said. "There's no doubt in my mind that she's going to be a presence at the next level and I'm pretty excited to see how she's going to do."

This winter, Hodgdon caught the eye of Minnesota-Crookston coach Joe Alianiello by scoring a hat-trick during a high-level tournament in Seattle.

That led to the visit in January, which quickly put the NCAA Division II Golden Eagles ahead of the other schools she was considering, including Portland State and Hawai'i-Pacific.

"I was nervous for a while," Hodgdon said. "I didn't know where I was going to go. I had all these options, but none of them really seemed to fit, to really be my school, even with offers. But I definitely found the right school."

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