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VCHS seniors (front from left) Bethany Reeves and Sammy Boese are joined by (back from left) Megheen Goos, Matt Coleman and Steen Danielsen at their signing Feb. 3.

Friends sign with Emporia State
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: February 16, 2017

They played soccer together as children and as teenagers.

Now Sammy Boese and Bethany Reeves will be playing together as adults.

Boese and Reeves, seniors at Valley Center High School, signed letters of intent earlier this month to join the Emporia State University soccer team this fall.

The two were surrounded by a large group of family and friends during a ceremony Feb. 3 in the high school library.

"Not only are they impact players because of how talented they are on the soccer field there's no question that Sammy and Bethany make a huge impact on how we play but you can also see in that room how many people are supporting them," said Valley Center coach Steen Danielsen. "They've helped build the soccer family and the soccer community."

Reeves, goalkeeper for Valley Center, holds a school record for the fewest number of goals allowed in a season with four. She has over 200 saves and has allowed an average of less than one goal per game during her high school career.

"Bethany is going to bring some consistency in goal," Danielsen said. "She's someone who is always reliable."

Reeves said she was immediately impressed with Emporia State when she went on a campus visit.

"I love it," she said, "the coaching style, the players and the environment."

Reeves said she is grateful for the opportunity to play beyond high school.

"I feel like I've been blessed by God and by my family for always supporting me, taking me to all those tournaments, getting me prepared for the next level, all the coaches and all those who have supported me along the way," she said. "It's just truly a great experience."

Boese, meanwhile, enters her senior season this spring as a four-year starter. The attacking midfielder has 28 goals and 13 assists as a Hornet.

"Sammy is always pushing herself," Danielsen said. "She's probably one of the most creative players we have. She gets soccer. You have to have creativity. She understands how to read other people."

Boese said she knew Emporia State was the right fit when she met the coach and players.

Boese thanked her family and her friends for supporting her.

Boese said she looks forward to playing with Reeves on the next level.

"It's going to be awesome," she said. "We've been playing together since we were 4 or 5. I'm really excited."

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