Scott sisters to continue soccer careers at Berea
George Browning, Sports Writer, [email protected]
There was no plan for twin sisters Naomi and Gabrielle Scott to attend the same college, but, after a number of visits to various schools, both of the North Harrison seniors found themselves planning to spend the next four years on the same campus.
They recently signed their national letters of intent to play soccer at Berea College in Kentucky.
“We actually didn’t want to go to the same school originally because we wanted some separation,” Gabrielle said. “I think because we are so similar the search process had us both ending up at Berea. It’s a great school, and it’s really affordable.”
“Now, we are going to have to deal with each other for four more years,” Naomi added.
Both slated similar reasons for picking the school and, while they love soccer, the Berea program was only a small factor in them picking it.
“I really loved everything about the school,” Naomi said. “It’s a really good school academically, one of the top ones in the state, and it was really financially affordable. The school has a great mission and they focus on social justice, and I loved that about it.”
Gabrielle picked the school for similar reasons.
“I really liked the focus on social justice, too, and there are a lot of options for what you can major in or creating a major,” Gabrielle said. “The main thing for me is that academically it’s a great school and I felt at home there. I think it’s going to be great.”
Soccer turned out to be only a small part of why the two selected Berea.
“I just love the sport, so it wasn’t as important to me what kind of team I play for,” Naomi said. “Berea struggled last year, but I hope that just means I will get more playing time.”
Gabrielle agreed that whether or not Berea had a good soccer program didn’t weigh as much in the decision as did just seeing the family atmosphere around the Berea program.
“I wasn’t really focused on their record either,” Gabrielle said. “For me, it was about the coach. I really liked the coach at Berea, and I loved the morale and connection of the team. I felt that when we visited. The coach was super supportive, and you could tell his players loved him and that was a really big factor in picking Berea.”
The duo started playing soccer in early elementary school and both admitted they didn’t like it at first.
“I hated it at first,” Naomi said. “I did gymnastics and soccer when I was really young. I loved gymnastics but hated soccer, and I never wanted to go to practice. Over time, that changed and I really grew to love it.”
Gabrielle said she was the same way, and it took time for her to start enjoying the sport.
Just like the sisters had similar reasons for picking the same college, they also shared the same moment as their favorite memory of playing soccer at NH. They said being part of the school’s first-ever soccer sectional championship felt great and the fact that they beat their rival, Corydon Central, made it even sweeter.
Naomi was injured during the sectional title run but said it was still fun to be part of the experience.
“Winning sectional was great, even though I couldn’t play,” Naomi said. “To see the team come together and create school history is really, really cool.”
Gabrielle agreed and added that while the first one was in 2019, she thinks they will have a shot to get a second one soon.
“I think the program will continue to do well,” Gabrielle said. “Holly (Smith) and Laura (Rainbolt) are really good coaches. We have a lot of good returning players, so they will be really good even though we are losing a lot of people.”
Both are unsure of what kind of career they will pursue and have some time before they have to decide. Berea doesn’t allow students to declare their majors until sophomore year.
As the two enter their final three months of high school, they admitted to being excited and looking forward to the next chapter.
“It’s not that I don’t like it here; I am just really excited to go to college,” Naomi said.
For Gabrielle, she is just glad to have the selection process behind her so she can focus on these last months as a high school senior.
“I’m just glad that I know where I am going because for so long I had been looking and wasn’t sure,” Gabrielle said. “It’s fun to search for a school, but at the same time it was stressful and it feels good to know where I am going. It’s sad to be finishing up high school, but I am excited for the next step.”
The two are the daughters of DeDe Wohlfarth and Terry Scott.
Berea is a liberal arts school located in Kentucky near Lexington.