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Addison Burchett signs to Freed Hardeman University Thursday afternoon to continue her soccer career. From left are her sister, Chesney Burchett; father, Mike Burchett; Addison; mother, Tara Burchett and sister, Hadley Burchett. (Photo by Krystal Williams)

Addison Burchett makes an exciting change to next fall’s college plan.

Burchett has known for sometime that she wanted to pursue a bachelor's degree in communications or marketing at Freed-Hardeman University, so when she recently received the opportunity to continue her soccer career with them as well, she was ecstatic.

“I have always wanted to go to Freed-Hardeman, so when the offered me a spot on the soccer team, it was like getting a bonus,” said Burchett. “I have really enjoyed practicing with their soccer team so that was such a big advantage.”

Burchett made it official by signing her national letter of intent last Thursday in front of family, friends, teammates and coaches. She became one of only a handful of Lady Comets soccer players who have signed to play at the next level since the program’s start in 2001. Burchett will continue her soccer career with the Lady Lions next fall after playing six years with the Lady Comets.

During her time with the Lady Comets, Burchett has had the pleasure of assisting the Lady Comets in growing as a program.

“When I started in the sixth grade, I don’t think we even won a game. Then by the time I was in eighth grade we had a winning season,” said Burchett. “We have slowly gotten better, gotten more players and more committed players. They have already started our season’s practices for next year. Just the dedication shows where our program is going.”

Burchett played in 20 out of the team’s 21 varsity games her freshman year. As a sophomore, she became a team leader, scoring 19 goals and tallying 5 assists before taking over as the leading goal scorer her junior and senior season. She scored 15 goals and tallied three assists as a junior then returned her senior year scoring 18 goals and tallying five assists.

“It is absolutely great to be able to help the team. I love soccer and I love my team. It has just been great,” said Burchett.

She helped lead the Lady Comets to three district runner up titles and three first-round regional appearances.

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