2009-02-28 / Schools

Lakewood senior will play college soccer

By Scott Rawdon

Lakewood senior Lindsay Moncsko (seated with pen) signs a letter of intent to play women's soccer at Pikeville College in Kentucky. Watching her sign (standing left to right) is her sister, Haley, her mother Laura, and her father, Rick. Pikeville College women's soccer coach Ken DeCook is seated beside her. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon Lakewood senior Lindsay Moncsko (seated with pen) signs a letter of intent to play women's soccer at Pikeville College in Kentucky. Watching her sign (standing left to right) is her sister, Haley, her mother Laura, and her father, Rick. Pikeville College women's soccer coach Ken DeCook is seated beside her. Beacon photo by Scott Rawdon HEBRON - Lakewood senior Lindsay Moncsko recently signed a letter of intent to play women's soccer at Pikeville College in Kentucky. Friends, family, classmates, teachers, coaches and Pikeville College women's soccer coach Ken DeCook surrounded Moncsko as she signed on several dotted lines.

"If you want to play, there's somewhere in the United States to play," DeCook told an Lakewood High School library full of onlookers. "It's the finest thing you can add to your college career." He said it's also a fine thing to add to their parent's pocketbook. Moncsko's participation on the Pikeville team will save her parents about $60,000 to $70,000 tuition.

"I couldn't be prouder, she's worked so hard," said Laura Moncsko, Lindsay's mother. Lindsay said soccer has been a family affair for her because her father, Rick, has coached her along since she was 10 years old, and this year she played high school soccer with her sister, Haley, a freshman.

Lindsay maintains a 3.5 GPA and is ranked 18th in her high school class of 164 students, although her academic prowess didn't earn her a relaxing summer. Lakewood soccer coach Jim Dobos made sure she was on the soccer field early each day. "I really hated getting up at 7:30 every summer morning," said Lindsay. "But look where it got me."

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