Boyle's Rice and Farmwald pick colleges

April 14, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Nick Farmwald and Evan Rice were key components of Boyle County's regional championship soccer team, and both are going to continue their soccer careers in college.

Rice, a goalkeeper, will play for Georgetown College while Farmwald, a forward, will play at Division III Ohio Northern.

Rice said he was also considering Centre before deciding on Georgetown.

"I think next year I've got a good chance of going in and making some noise," Rice said. "It's good competition and a good challenge.

"I want to get a good education and work hard, make some friends and excel at soccer."

Boyle coach Greg Conley has coached several goalkeepers who have gone on to do well in college, including former Centre keepers Nathan Pitcock and Jacob Sither.

"I think he can come in and have a definite impact immediately, depending on his work ethic," Conley said. "He's got the potential and capability to do it.


"He has a great reaction time, and he has guts when he needs to have guts. He's willing to come off his line, and that' when he's at his best."

Farmwald received interest from several colleges and even took a visit to Southern Indiana, but he knew Ohio Northern was the right place.

"I really liked what they had academically, being a small school and having an engineering program," Farmwald said. "They were one of the schools that pursued me the most."

Farmwald was one of the smallest players on the Boyle roster, and that won't change when he joins the Polar Bears. He said putting on weight will be one of his biggest goals this summer.

Conley said his size won't be that much of a problem.

"His size is always a question, but he plays one of the sports where it doesn't have to matter," Conley said. "Even though he's small, he started using his arms and upper body to fend people off.

"I think he's ready to step up to the next level where he'll be challenged. He's one of those players that walks off the field thinking of what he can do better the next day."

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