Lafayette’s Marissa Harrison signs with Christian Brothers University

Published 8:00 am Monday, May 13, 2019

The storybook season for the Lafayette soccer team continues rolling onward.

Monday morning, senior defender Marissa Harrison made sure her soccer career will continue moving forward after high school. Just days before graduation, Harrison signed with Christian Brothers University in Memphis to continue playing soccer.

“I wasn’t going to play soccer (in college). The team this year changed my mind,” Harrison said. “I just hadn’t played on a team like this that was so close knit. They were like a family to me. They really changed my mind.”

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A senior leader on the 2019 Lafayette team that won the 5A State Championship in dominating fashion, it’s icing on the cake to a season that had quite a bit of peaks for the Commodores.

There was a little something different for Harrison in her senior season. Coaches said she embraced the leadership role on the team, reaching a different level of drive and demeanor her senior season.

“I think she just decided that she wanted to shine and she could this year. She dove in 100-percent,” said Lafayette head coach Melinda Scruggs. “Her attitude was critical. She showed up and no matter what we were doing, she was willing to put the work in. I think that’s what helped her decide that she does want to do this, that she does enjoy playing soccer and wants to keep playing.”

A six year player for the Commodores, Harrison just decided about a month ago on Christian Brothers. When touring the school, led by one of the senior soccer players, she really felt that similar close-knit vibe with the girls on the team. That was a major deciding factor for her.

Harrison will be joining a consistently solid Division II program in Christian Brothers that has finished at or above .500 for eight of the past ten seasons.