Special to the Citizen
Eighteen year old senior soccer player, Susanna Peppers, has signed a full athletic scholarship to play soccer at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland next year. The signing culminates a four-year career at Morgan County that included four years of starting status and three years as a captain as a centerfielder for the Lady Dogs. Peppers has been an 8-AAA all-region selection the past two years and has numerous accolades for the high school team as well as on her club team, the RYSA (Rockdale Youth Soccer Association in Conyers) Evolution. Susanna told us this, “I started playing at RYSA when I was two years old and joined the MCMS team as a fifth grader. I started out as a keeper, but was converted to offense in the sixth grade to play anywhere they needed me. I’ve played centerfielder, left and right fielder since then.” Other awards she has achieved include the Club Team Player of the Month in November 2015, Golden Boot Award in 2012 and 2013 for most goals scored for the Evolution, Most goals scored last year and as a freshman for Morgan County, Captain for her RYSA squad the last three years, and also helps coach a 17 and under elite team this season at RYSA. She told us, “My greatest accomplishment is probably scoring the winning goal in the Atlanta Cup in 2012 for her 14 and under team. It was a big tournament.”
Truett has been involved in her recruiting process since her freshman year. Her sister, Holly Peppers, is a junior who also plays for the Lady Bears so the coaching staff knew about her from an early age. “They first offered me as a sophomore when they saw me play at the Adidas Showcase in Fayetteville in 2014, but they had also seen me play in high school as well,” she added. When asked what the scholarship meant to her she told us, “I love playing soccer and I’m very privileged to play at the college level. I picked Truett-McConnell because of the coaches and the girls who were very welcoming to me. I also liked the professors I met that made me feel they cared and were concerned about me inside and outside the classroom. After visiting Presbyterian and Anderson College, the feeling was just different. I’m excited to go there to challenge myself not just as a student-athlete, but as a person and develop my walk with Christ.” Peppers is thinking about pursuing a career/major in business with a strong interest in art and singing that she’s very talented in.