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Wilson Hall's McCaffrey signs at Wofford, becomes first female soccer signee in school history

By DENNIS BRUNSON
dennis@theitem.com
Posted 12/14/19

Haley Roone McCaffrey said she began playing soccer when she "was old enough to run."

She took to the sport in a big way and started playing club soccer when she "was 7 or 8 years old." She has continued to play at the club level since that time …

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Wilson Hall's McCaffrey signs at Wofford, becomes first female soccer signee in school history

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Haley Roone McCaffrey said she began playing soccer when she "was old enough to run."

She took to the sport in a big way and started playing club soccer when she "was 7 or 8 years old." She has continued to play at the club level since that time and has played two years on the Wilson Hall boys team with one more year to go in the spring of 2020.

She achieved something last week that she has been working toward when she signed to play collegiately with Wofford College, an NCAA Division I school in Spartanburg.

"I've really worked for this," said McCaffrey, who is the first female soccer signee in Wilson Hall history. "I decided in middle school that I really wanted to play college soccer. It's huge to finally accomplish this."

McCaffrey had several DI schools showing interest in her. Other schools that were pursuing her were College of Charleston, James Madison, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Davidson, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

McCaffrey said she chose Wofford because it reminds her of Wilson Hall.

"The atmosphere is just like Wilson Hall, which I loved," McCaffrey said. "As soon as I stepped on the campus, I really liked it. Also, Wofford is known as a an academic powerhouse, and academics are very important to me.

"The balance between academics and athletics was perfect."

Wilson Hall head coach Liz Affronti said McCaffrey is obviously a skilled player. However, she points to other things that she believes will help her succeed at the collegiate level.

"She's an overall good person, Affronti said. "Haley Roone is honest, humble, intelligent, hard- working. That's what it takes to be a successful collegiate student-athlete."

Glen Rector is McCaffrey's head coach in basketball. He said that is a very coachable player.

"One characteristic to me that stands out about Haley Roone is what we coaches call having a coachable spirit," Rector said. "When you talk to her, fuss at her, encourage her, she looks you in the eye and says, 'Yes, sir, yes, sir, yes, sir.' That is one of the characteristics that will not only help her as a student but as a soccer player."

Having played as a freshman and junior at Wilson Hall means McCaffrey spent those seasons playing mainly against boys. She believes that will help her as she moves to playing solely against other women, even though it will be at the Division I level.

"I think it helps a lot," McCaffrey said. "There is a big difference because guys are much quicker and stronger than girls. It's a disadvantage (for me) at that, but it taught me to play faster and get more aggressive."

McCaffrey expects to play as a midfielder for Wofford. Wofford is a member of the Southern Conference and went 3-6 in the just completed season while going 7-12 overall.