Eaglettes’ Smith signs with Motlow

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Keely Smith is all smiles as she signs her letter of intent to play soccer for Motlow this fall. Joining her as she signs are (seated, from left) her uncle Ricky Richardson, father Cliff Smith, mother Allison Smith, sister Lilly smith, and grandfather Billy Richardson; (standing, from left) Motlow Women’s soccer coach Andy Lyons, Shelbyville assistant coach Neal Gordon, Shelbyville head coach Whitney Gordon, Shelbyville assistant Garry Bailey, brother Zach Smith, grandmother Shirley Smith and assistant principal/athletic director Dee McCullough.
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There’s a lot of excitement surrounding Keely Smith’s future.

The former Eaglette soccer standout signed her letter of intent to continue her soccer career at Motlow State Community College as part of the inaugural Women’s Soccer team this fall.

“I’m very excited to be able to play a sport that I’ve been playing since I was four years old. I’m just very thankful for being able to still play soccer,” Smith said.

All-District 8-AAA standout Keely Smith with be part of the inaugural women’s soccer team at Motlow State Community College this fall.
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Eaglette coach Whitney Gordon shared in Smith’s excitement as well.

“We are very excited for Keely and her signing with Motlow. Keely is a wonderful young lady and a great soccer player. She’s been a tremendous asset to our team for the last four years. I can’t wait to watcher play on Motlow’s first women’s team,” Gordon said.

Smith made her fame throughout the halls of Shelbyville Central as a two-sport athlete, making her name through both soccer and tennis.

While an accomplished tennis player, Smith says soccer has been her love since childhood and she’s excited to be able to continue that career.

“I’ve always loved soccer and I’ve always loved tennis too, but I’ve been playing soccer since I was four,” she said.

When it came to finding a pursuit after high school, Smith said the familiarity with Motlow, along with Lady Bucks’ coach Andy Lyon helped sway her decision.

Knowing members of the inaugural team also helps, she said.

“I liked the environment there. I played with our coach there and he’s really good with the girls on the team,” Smith said.

“Some of the players that are committing, I play against them and I know them very well. I think we have a chance to have strong team this year.”

Though she hasn’t even been enrolled as a student at Motlow, Smith says she plans to pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Still, she says she’s thankful for being able to continue her soccer career at the next level and the stability that brings through her next two years.

“I was very thankful for signing and being able to know what I’m doing and where I’m going,” she said

She’s likely to have quite the local following as well.

“It is very exciting to have a new collegiate team starting in the area. We are especially happy that we will get the chance to watch Keely play on the next level so close to home. I know Keely will be very successful and make a huge impact on her new team,” Gordon said.

Smith says she’ll begin conditioning in July in preparation for the 2017 opener in August.