Silverdale twins bound for US College to play soccer

Silverdale twins Caitlin and Zachary Goddard are bound for the American college experience next year after securing soccer scholarships at the same university. Picture: Chris Lane
Silverdale twins Caitlin and Zachary Goddard are bound for the American college experience next year after securing soccer scholarships at the same university. Picture: Chris Lane

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Caitlin and Zachary Goodard turned their dreams into a reality when they were offered a full scholarship to play soccer for an American college.

The Silverdale twins both accepted four-year scholarships to study at Sterling College in Kansas.

Caitlin will study education and Zac will complete an athletics training degree.

The 17 year olds were scouted when they played showcase tournaments in San Diego and Dallas last November.

The twins’ mother Margarita Goddard said she was ”very excited” for her children.

“Caitlin had four colleges interested in her and Zac had three and it was great that Sterling was interested in both of them,” she said.

“It was the best case scenario and we are lucky they get to go to college together.”

The family recently arrived home after the college flew them to America to look at the campus.

“Caitlin and Zac met the men’s and women’s soccer coaches, trained with the teams, sat in on classes, met professors, looked at dorms and ate in the cafeteria,” Mrs Goddard said.

“They got the real college experience for three days.”

The twins will need to complete their High School Certificate this year before starting at the college in February 2018.

Caitlin and Zac said being scouted was a great feeling because they had achieved their goals.

“Playing at college is a great opportunity and it will be a once in a lifetime experience to attend an American college,” Caitlin said.

She said she was excited to play soccer against teams from different American states.

Zac said he was looking forward to the challenge of playing for an American college and was excited to learn more skills and gain experience.

Mrs Goddard said her children’s college experience would be a “big step into the unknown” and Caitlin and Zac were still unsure whether they wanted to pursue soccer professionally.

Mrs Goddard said she would miss her children but would visit them and the twins could return home during breaks. She was pleased they would share the experience together.