Loie Felty Officially Joins Warren Wilson Soccer Team
Last updated 5/22/2019 at 4:28pm
For Loie Felty, last Wednesday was the moment when a longtime dream became a reality.
Felty, a senior at Brevard High School, officially signed to join the Warren Wilson women’s soccer team after a four-year career with the Lady Blue Devils.
While it was certainly a big day and important decision, it was one Felty said she’d envisioned after falling in love with the school after visiting as an underclassman.
“I’ve wanted to go to Warren Wilson since my sophomore year,” Felty said. “I absolutely love the school. It’s in the mountains and it’s far away from home, but still close enough to come back. And they’ve wanted me to play soccer for several years, and that was a big part of my decision.”
Soccer has been a focal point of Felty’s life over the past four years, both with Brevard and playing outside of school on the club level.
She started with the varsity team as a freshman, but said it was former Brevard head coach Scott Russell who suggested she try out for a club team in order to hone her talent.
The combination of those experiences, she said, made her want to play at the next level even more.
“Starting on varsity as a freshman definitely inspired me to want to keep playing at the next level. Coach (Scott) Russell was the one who really pushed me to try out for a club team in Hendersonville. So, I did that and eventually made it and played club for three years. And that experience also really made me want to continue playing in college,” Felty said.
When it came time to pick a college, Felty had a school in mind, but finances posed a roadblock. And while she had other potential options, her desire to play at the next level always made Warren Wilson the top choice.
“I wanted to go to Warren Wilson, but as a DIII private school, it’s a lot of money. So, I was also looking at UNC-Asheville and Appalachian State, but it was a little iffy on if I could continue playing soccer at those schools. My heart was really set on Warren Wilson, but I didn’t think it was going to work out. Then, I applied for a Milepost One Scholarship, which is full-tuition, and I got accepted,” Felty said.
During her high school career, Felty played a little bit of every position, but settled mostly into a midfield or defensive role.
Felty had to deal with some nagging injuries during her senior season, but said it was nothing new in her career.
“Almost every year playing soccer, it seems like I have one big injury,” she said. “This year, I sprained my ankle in preseason. But I never took a day off. I knew I had to play through it, so I pretty much just taped it up everyday.”
As for her role with the Owls, Felty said she expects to stay primarily in a defensive position.
And for academics, Felty plans on majoring in outdoor leadership and environmental science.