ROCKINGHAM — When it was time for her daughter to make a college decision, Betty Roberts thought it was going to be one several hours away.
Instead, Betty and her husband, Gregory, will only have to make a 30-minute drive to see their daughter next year.
Brittany Roberts, the starting goalkeeper for Richmond Senior, elected to head just down the road and signed a letter of intent Thursday afternoon to play soccer at St. Andrews Presbyterian College next season.
Last season, the Knights finished 2-15-1. St. Andrews hired a new coach, Rick Parlow, in February. The starting goalkeeper at Middle Tennessee State from 1992 to 1995, Parlow served as an assistant coach at Mount Olive before accepting the head job with the Knights.
For Brittany it was a chance to return to her hometown and play for a team she grew up watching.
“I’m very excited to play for St. Andrews,” Brittany Roberts said. “I was the little girl who lived down the street and I would always ride by St. Andrews and see the older kids working hard outside and getting prepared for their season.
“I’ve always wanted to be one of those kids and now I have the chance.”
Richmond coach Bennie Howard said he is happy to see Brittany have the opportunity to continue playing at the next level and gives her a lot of the credit for catching the eye of the St. Andrews coaching staff.
“She’s worked so hard in the offseason to make herself a better player,” Howard said. “She deserves a lot of the credit because she’s a team player and is so dedicated to the game on and off the field. I hate to lose her and I wish her nothing but the best.”
Howard added he knows having Brittany attending college close to home was important for her family.
“I’m happy for her and her family she is able to be so close,” Howard said. “This way her family can watch her grow and I can too.”
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