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Righetti Signing

Righetti girls soccer players Megan Stevens, left, Leann Wolf and Michaela Olney officially sign with their respective schools Thursday. Stevens signed with Cal State East Bay, Wolf with Wheaton and Olney with Cal Poly.

Megan Stevens decided she was ready for big city life.

Leann Wolf wanted new experiences.

Michaela Olney decided the university closest to home suited her just fine.

Those considerations steered the three senior Righetti High School soccer standouts to make the decisions they did regarding where they will attend school - and play soccer - next.

The three spoke Thursday at a signing ceremony in the Righetti cafeteria that their parents, along with many other well-wishers including Righetti girls soccer coach Adam McEvoy, attended.

All three players are in their fourth season of competing for the Warriors varsity. Olney is a forward and Righetti's leading scorer. Stevens, a midifielder, is among the squad's assists leaders. Wolf, a goal keeper, has made more than a few difficult saves for a Righetti team that stands in second place in the PAC 8 League.

"I ... wanted to move to a big city, and I love the city of San Francisco," Stevens said of her university choice. Thus, she will attend Cal State East Bay, which is located in Hayward.

Wolf said she wanted "a new experience, to meet new people, new weather," and she will go across the country to get just that. Wolf will play for Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

"It's about an hour away from Boston," she said.

Olney said, "Cal Poly was my No. 1 school all along. I've been to their campus several times. I have friends who go there, so that's nice.

"I verbally committed there in November of 2013, my junior year."

Olney said she will play either forward or midfielder at Cal Poly. Wherever she winds up playing, "(Cal Poly's coaches) indicated to me that they were mainly interested in my offense," said Olney.

Wolf said Cal Poly made her an offer but, "I visited the Wheaton campus in October, and I fell in love with it. The leaves on the trees had changed colors and the surrounding countryside was just beautiful." 

Yes, Wolf said with a laugh, she was well aware of the winter storms that hammered the Boston area recently. "I have an uncle who lives in that area, a cousin who lives in New Jersey. They and the girls on the team have been updating me."

Wheaton is a private liberal arts college. Wolf said Wheaton head coach Luis Reis was the coaching staff member she communicated with during the recruiting process.

All three said they will play for their future teams on partial scholarships. Cal Poly competes at the NCAA Division I level. Cal State East Bay competes in the NCAA's Division II. Wheaton plays in the NCAA's Division III.

Stevens said that San Francisco State had originally been her school of choice. She said that changed when Cal State East Bay came into the picture.

"East Bay just made me a better offer, and I liked that campus better than the one at San Francisco State," said Stevens.

"The soccer, the school -  I just fell in love with it," said Stevens. "I want to become a journalist, and that's another reason I chose to go there. I'm going to major in communications."

Besides, "East Bay's head coach, Amy Gerace, was at some of my games," said Stevens. "I thought that was really nice, that she took that kind of interest."

"All three are ready to take the next step up, and college soccer provides that challenge," McEvoy said in a press release issued by the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District.

"They have shown tremendous work both on and off the field. I believe that the dedication, drive and talent that they show will ultimately lead them to becoming great people, athletes and role models in the future."

Wolf said she will major in psychology at Wheaton. Olney said, "I'm not sure yet, but I think I would like to major in kinesiology.