Viqueens sign with Columbia State

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Falicia Fletcher and Gabby Doyle are joined by the Viqueen coaching staff and Columbia State coach Colton Bryant as they sign their letters of intent.
T-G Photo by Chris Siers

The Community Viqueen soccer team has been on the up tick in recent years. With that better production on the field, Community has started to see players find their way onto college radars.

Recently, Falicia Fletcher and Gabby Doyle signed their letters of intent to play soccer at Columbia State.

“It’s very exciting for the program. It’s the first time we’ve had two like that since I’ve been coaching here. I know they’ll work hard and do well at Columbia State,” coach Chris Brothers said.

New program

The Viqueen pair will be part of the inaugural Columbia State soccer team that begins play this fall.

“It was exciting. I wasn’t planning on going to college, but playing soccer got me to go to college,” Fletcher said.

“I’m extremely happy. I’ve always stayed after practice to practice more and it’s awesome to see that pay off,” Doyle said

The two made their impact on the Viqueen team and brought their own traits to the field.

“Gabby really stepped up last year as a senior as the leader. She played midfield but she can play about any position and she can score from about anywhere,” Brothers said.

“Falicia mainly played forward. When she was in the game, she made a huge difference. She not only has speed but physicality to stand her ground against bigger defenders.”

Looking ahead

Columbia State coach Colton Bryant says he’s excited to see the two Viqueens compete for starting roles on the field.

“In terms of Gabby, it’s trying to find out where to put her. I know she likes to play striker, but maybe more in the midfield. With Falicia, she came out and did really well. It’ll be interesting. They’re all fighting for spots,” he said.

Though they haven’t officially started college yet, both Fletcher and Doyle know what they want to study.

Fletcher has hopes of becoming a radiology technician, while Doyle plans on studying nursing.

Stepping forward

Brothers has high expectations that both Fletcher and Doyle can not only find their way on the team but also contribute at the next level as well.

“I think both of them can contribute without any problems. They both worked hard and are dedicated to the sport,” Brothers said.

For Fletcher, signing her letter of intent to play at the next level allows her to finish a career after she was injured during her senior night last fall and unable to finish the regular season.

For Doyle, she says she’s happy to have a friendly face going to Columbia State with her.

“I love it because I don’t want to play alone. I’m glad I know somebody because it helps,” Doyle said.