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Lady Rebel Simpson signs with Co-Lin

NATCHEZ — After only picking up soccer a little more than two years ago, Adams County Christian School senior Mollie Simpson wants to keep playing.

Thanks to some recognition by Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Simpson has at least two more years to stay on the field.

Simpson signed a soccer scholarship with Co-Lin Wednesday morning, making her the second ACCS girls soccer player to sign with Co-Lin, joining Shelby Guice two seasons ago. Now that her college decision is out of the way, Simpson said she’s looking forward to enjoying the rest of her senior year.

“I’m kind of excited, because I know where I want to go and don’t have to worry about it,” Simpson said.

Co-Lin women’s soccer coach David Strother was on hand Wednesday when Simpson signed, and he said he’s excited to be getting one of ACCS’s standout players from this past season.

“She’s a very fast player, and very aggressive,” Strother said. “I’ll have her playing the forward position, and we want girls in that position with those attributes who want to score goals.”

Simpson said she fell in love with soccer after becoming one of the program’s first Lady Rebels when head coach Jimmy Allgood started the program in 2010.

“When I started in 10th grade, Jimmy told me I could play in college, and I didn’t believe him,” Simpson said. “When I got the offer, I decided to take it, because I want to keep playing.”

Allgood said he’s going to miss having Simpson on his team, but he’s not surprised she eventually did end up playing at the next level.

“Mollie was one of the backbones of our team, not only with her speed, but with her being able to catch onto the game quickly,” Allgood said. “As all coaches will tell you, speed kills. Her defensive skills and speed created a ton of opportunities for us.”

Summer workouts will begin immediately following her graduation, though Strother said they can be done at home with the results e-mailed to him. Simpson said she’s looking forward to getting a college soccer workout.

“It’s college, so I know it’ll be harder, but I know I’ll be in better shape,” Simpson said. “There will also be others on the team who can help teach me the game.”

In addition to the two that signed with Co-Lin, Simpson is the fourth player to be offered a scholarship. Current senior Merritt Murray and former player Sage Atkins were also given a chance to play at the next level, though both declined.

“For that amount (to be offered) in this short window of time is amazing,” Allgood said. “Our kids have latched onto soccer, and their passion and hunger to get better is unstoppable.”

Strother credited the ACCS soccer program for taking a rookie like Simpson and molding her into being good enough to play soccer in college.

“(Allgood’s) brought in athletes and turned them into soccer players,” Strother said. “You can see from their records over the last few years how much they’ve improved.”

Simpson is the daughter of Wade Simpson Sr.