Flying more than 2,000 miles from Pittsburgh to California helped Canon-McMillan senior Aideen O’Donoghue realize she wasn’t quite ready to leave home.
This past April, the former Rutgers soccer commit received a call-up to the U-17 national team after it returned from World Cup qualifying rounds, and headed to Carson, Calif., for training. On the plane ride back, O’Donoghue reconsidered her college commitment, eventually opting to stay closer to her big family and play for Pitt.
“I came home from the national camp and it kind of like hit me,” O’Donoghue said. “I don’t know what, really. It was on the airplane home. I felt awesome getting to represent Pittsburgh, and I was very proud to say that was where I was from.”
O’Donoghue, along with 19 fellow Riverhounds Academy players who signed to play in college, officially signed with the Panthers Feb. 1. Riverhounds Academy director and the ‘98 girls’ coach Jason Kutney said he aims to help develop players prepare for the next level, whether that’s college soccer or making a national team.