Zoe Wilson has become the latest international hockey player to take up the offer of a scholarship in the United States as the Randalstown has touched down in New York where she will be playing for Syracuse University.
The 18-year-old had already impressed former national senior coach Darren Smith, who drafted her into his extended panel over a year ago , although she has yet to make her debut at that level.
She was regarded as one of the most exciting talents in the country, and having already played for Ireland’s under 21s she captained the U-18 squad to gold medal glory at the EuroHockey Trophy tournament in Italy in July.
As a 14-year-old she scored the winning goal for Ballyclare High School in the 2012 Senior Schools’ Cup final.
Wilson travelled over to New York earlier this year to see what was on offer and she was clearly impressed.
“I chose Syracuse for the combination of excellent academics and first-class hockey and the moment I stepped onto the campus and met the coaches and team, I knew that it was the right fit for me.” she said.
Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley is delighted to have signed up the teenage starlet who has settled in well to her new surroundings.
“Zoe is a fantastic competitor and athlete and she is a steady midfielder with the U-18 and U-21 Irish teams so I am excited to have her join our Syracuse family.” Bradley enthused.
Randalstown coach Harry McNeill is sorry to have lost Wilson who had been a regular first-teamer since she was 15 and loyally turned down numerous offers to join other clubs who were anxious to sign her.
“She has always put a lot of hard work into her sport.
“And she also did a lot of work coaching our mini-hockey section but this is a great opportunity for her and we wish her well for the future.
“Hopefully thi s adventurwe will go well and she will benefit from the move.” he said.