Many of central Ohio's top high school girls soccer teams had celebrations during the February college signing period.

The Ohio Premier club program played a part in the area's success considering 29 of its players committed to play collegiately.

Perhaps the top player on the list of signees is Dublin Coffman's Abby Steiner, who was Division I district Player of the Year as a sophomore but missed her junior season with a knee injury before playing for OP last fall. She signed with Kentucky, where she will compete in both women's soccer and women's track and field.

All four area teams that won Division I district championships last season had at least one key player announce her commitment last week when the signing period began Feb. 7.

Olivia Sensky and Abby Townsend of state semifinalist Olentangy Liberty signed with Ohio University, and the Patriots' Abby Jones committed to Murray State. Madison Burrier of regional runner-up Dublin Jerome signed with Marquette, and the Celtics' Rachel Butler and Abbie Laufersweiler both signed with Xavier.

Regional semifinalist Hilliard Darby had its top player, Blair Cowan, commit to Ohio State, while Makenzie Kelly of regional semifinalist Pickerington North signed with Ashland.

Gahanna, a district runner-up last season, had the heart of its defense, goalkeeper Kaylee Hensley and defender Madison Hansen, sign with the University of Charleston.

Another Ohio State signee was Hilliard Davidson's Gillian Losey, while Wellington's Macey Shock also committed to Marquette.

Big Walnut's Emma Padgett signed with Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina, after helping the Golden Eagles reach a Division II state semifinal last fall.

Also signing with Mid-American Conference schools were New Albany's Lindsey Townsend (Ohio), Hilliard Bradley's Gabbi Viggiano (Kent State) and Marysville's Grace Alsop (Ball State).

Other signees included Upper Arlington's Molly Morgan (Richmond), Marysville's Abby Jacobs (North Carolina-Asheville) and New Albany's Mia Thatcher (St. Bonaventure) and Ellen Weikert (Saint Francis).

*SIGNING IN MEN'S SOCCER -- Coffman's Luke Kiley, who was named Ohio's Mr. Soccer last season and scored a program-record 84 goals, signed with Georgetown.

Another Shamrocks player who will compete collegiately is Emeka Eneli, a Cornell recruit who played club for his first three prep seasons before helping Coffman reach a Division I state semifinal last fall.

Another of central Ohio's top players last season was Liberty's Colin McCort, who is a part of Bowling Green's recruiting class along with Marysville's Matthew Walters and Whetstone's Mitchell Hughes.

Other area boys soccer players to announce their college choices last week included Bradley's Jacob Castro (West Virginia), Olentangy Orange's Griffin DeBolt (Butler), Watterson's Bryant Pratt (Indiana) and Liberty's Wes Collins (Northern Kentucky).

*ALSO COMMITTING -- For the first time in the history of the Gahanna girls bowling program, one of its athletes has committed to a Division I program, as Briann McKnight signed with Wright State.

Other signings of note included New Albany's Tori Cooke (women's rowing, Michigan) Watterson's Lilly Binion-Ferrell (women's wrestling, Campbellsville) and Coffman's Dominic Elmo (men's lacrosse, Massachusetts).

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