Senior Kathryn Shaffer, a standout soccer player at The Summit, will officially play for John Carroll University in the fall, the school's athletic office announced. She is the 47th Silver Knight to advance to collegiate level play in the girls soccer program's history.
Kathryn was a varsity player all four years of Upper School, although she was injured during her senior season and had no playing time.
"Kathryn earned a starting position as a freshman near the end of her first season and never let it go," says her coach, Mike Fee. "Her speed, athleticism and quickness made her one of the elite defenders in the city and in the state and ultimately allowed for her to be recognized as an All-American in her junior year. She was only the 4th field All-American in program history and the first ever named in her junior season."
In 2021 as a junior she was the team captain. She was also named to the Miami Valley Conference first team for the second time in her career and was a 2021 All-Ohio Academic. In 2020 as a sophomore, she was an All-Southwest Ohio athlete and Enquirer All-Star. She is currently a candidate for Scholar All-American.
"Despite the utter disappointment on not playing with her teammates during her senior year, Kathryn remained the positive, supportive, engaging person that is off the field," says Mr. Fee. "Kathryn received so many accolades as a junior, yet remained humble and still found ways to be a leader on the team. She attended nearly every training session and was a constant presence on the bench during the games. Her injury put a true test to her character and she proved to everyone who knows her that she is team first.
"Kathryn remained her genuine, wonderful self in the face of disappointment. The challenge will only make her more appreciative of the blessings life offers."