‘Tis the season for seniors to choose their future, post-high school, and Oakdale’s Megan Burke made her decision and did not waste time putting ink to paper.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9 Burke officially signed to play soccer and attend California State University Stanislaus (CSUS) this fall.
“I’ve always wanted to play there since junior high school. I have other options but CSUS was very welcoming. The coaches and other girls there are very nice and the soccer program is successful,” said Burke on her choice.
“This was my first option and once they offered it to me, I knew 100 percent that this is where I wanted to play the next four years,” she added.
The senior midfielder has played on varsity for the Lady Mustangs for three seasons and is just a few weeks away from her senior campaign. Burke has been named as the team’s captain. Last season Burke played in 27 games for Oakdale scoring a total of 25 points (seven goals and 11 assists). Prior to high school soccer, Burke began playing the sport at the age six for Oakdale in the youth soccer program and also played for East Valley and West Coast in Livermore for the last two seasons where CSUS scouts discovered her talents and began to pursue her.
“I was shocked. I had no idea that he, CSUS Head Coach Gabriel Bolton, was going to pull me aside and talk to me about playing at CSUS. It was right after an ID camp and my parents were there, I was so shocked. We talked and that was my first meeting,” Burke recalled.
Before she goes off to college where she will study kinesiology exercise science, Burke has goals for her final season at Oakdale. The newly appointed captain is hoping for the team to win the Valley Oak League and make a run in the playoffs this spring. Oakdale finished 8-3-3 in 2015 and were third in league.