Buena soccer athletics kickoffs for a bright future

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Submitted by Taylin Butterbaugh and Savana Durr

Savana Durr (top) and Taylin Butterbaugh (bottom) have officially signed their NIL Nov. 11.

Adeline Anderson, Staff Writer

Nov. 11, Taylin Butterbaugh and Savana Durr, Buena’s soccer athletes, signed their National Letter of Intent (NLI) to play soccer at the collegiate level. Butterbaugh signed to continue her soccer journey with Idaho State University while Durr signed for California State University of Northridge.

Butterbaugh has been around soccer for most of her life, as her mother was the soccer coach for Buena when she was little. Then Butterbaugh started playing soccer for AYSO when she was five years old. 

After a few years of AYSO her mother asked if she wanted to try out for the Eagles. “I’ve been playing at Eagles ever since I was seven,”  Butterbaugh said. 

Since the eighth grade, Butterbaugh has gone to college showcases with her team and she started to email coaches during her Sophomore year. Her sophomore year was when she started to email coaches.

Butterbaugh did not know that Idaho State was a prospect before senior year but once she met the coaches and took a look at the school, she became excited about attending. 

I’m just very excited to keep on going and keep on doing what I love, ”

— Savana Durr

“I look forward to going to a school that has such a great school community. I’m just really excited to go somewhere different and experience new things,” Butterbaugh said. 

AJ Tewes, the Buena girls soccer coach, has known Butterbaugh since she was a little girl. “Taylin has always been a hard worker that would go do work outs on her own even on her days off, and she is quiet but speaks with her actions,” Tewes said. 

Tewes has not coached Durr yet but has seen her be a natural leader out on the field when she is playing with the girls. 

Durr has worked  hard to get where she is today and would like to inspire others to pursue their dreams and goals. Durr has been playing soccer for 13 years now, she started playing for VSC which is local and then switched to another team called Real So Cal and is currently still playing for them. 

I look forward to going to a school that has such a great school community. I’m just really excited to go somewhere different and experience new things,”

— Taylin Butterbaugh

“I’m just very excited to keep on going and keep on doing what I love,” Durr said. 

Once freshman year started for Durr, she started her college recruiting process. For two years she hadn’t gotten many responses back because of the NCAA recreating guidelines. But once junior year hit she started to get offers and that’s when it got serious. 

During the whole recruiting process Durr’s mom has been a big help with finding the best college that will enhance Durr’s game and get it to the next level. 

“I have been wanting to play for a college for so long and I didn’t think that I’d be able to play college soccer,” Durr said.

Both Durr and Butterbaugh’s futures in soccer look bright, having both signed to play at division one schools. The Buena community wishes them the best of luck moving forward in their soccer careers.