Cedar Park seniors Ainsley Forbes and Riley Petcosky are both playing soccer at the collegiate level even if they took different paths to get there.
The duo joined five other Timberwolves Thursday in signing their official letters to play sports in college.
Forbes will play soccer at Texas State and Petcosky will compete at Auburn. Maria Rico will play soccer at Mary Hardin-Baylor, Kaleigh Ham is playing softball at East Central University, Alena Albertson will run cross country at Chaminade, Sophia Roach will run cross country at Northern Arizona and Abby Teicher will play volleyball at Austin College.
“It was fun to talk to the different schools,” Forbes said. “It was cool after a game, I would get another school interested in me. It was also stressful because I had to find a way to communicate with them. It was just kind of like playing tag.”
Both Forbes and Petcosky played club soccer with Lonestar SC. But when Lonestar joined the U.S. Soccer Development Academy in 2016, players many players had to make the decision to continue playing at that level for their club team or play high school.
Forbes decided not to play for the Development Academy team while continuing to play for the Lonestar ECNL team as well as the Lady Timberwolves. Petcosky, who played on Cedar Park’s varsity squad her freshman and sophomore years, went the DA route.
Both are happy with how things turned out.
“High School is only four years of your life, so I wanted to enjoy those years,” Forbes said. “They offered me a spot on the team, but it wasn’t for me. I had already unofficially committed to Texas State. For me, I didn’t need that opportunity so I didn’t take it.”
Petcosky was originally committed to UTSA, but the Roadrunners’ coach left and she reopened her recruitment. It was at one of the last college showcases she attended during her junior year that Auburn approached, and she immediately fell in love with the coaches and the school.
She said Wes Schevers and Sophia Mundy, two of her coaches with Lonestar, were the main reason she was pushed to limits she didn’t know was possible. She said they were by her side helping her look for colleges and make the calls and get her name out there.
“The opportunity to play at the SEC level, you don’t get anything like that,” Petcosky said. “I knew that high school wasn’t going to get me where I wanted to be. Yes, it was rough not being able to play for my school because that’s exciting, but I knew being at the Development Academy would bring so much opportunity. It was a tough decision to make, but it was what was best for me to get me where I wanted to be, which was Auburn.”
For Forbes, she returns to a Cedar Park team that advanced to the regional semifinals last season, where it fell to Kingwood Park 4-3 in double overtime.
Texas State has given her a workout plan to help her maintain fitness before she joins the Bobcats next season.
On top of helping the Timberwolves, her goals include going to college in the best shape possible so she competes for minutes as a freshman.
“Yeah I have a scholarship, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I’m going to play right away,” she said. “I want to go beyond (the plan) and earn my spot on the team. Cedar Park has helped me maintain and play my best no matter what."