By John Buoyer
Moving once before the age of 18 can be a difficult experience for kids. Corinne Doll did it twice.
Doll grew up in Maryland, spending the majority of her time playing travel soccer. She had athleticism in her genes because her dad played soccer at James Madison University.
Doll started playing soccer when she was 5 years old. She knew she was good, and by the age of 16 she made the youth women’s national team. Her recruiting halted, however, when her family moved to Arizona when she was 17.
“There just is not as much soccer out there,” said Doll.
She struggled to make contact with big Division-I schools out west, so she and her parents made the decision that it was best for her to move back to Maryland for her senior year of high school in order to gain more exposure from big schools.
“I didn’t really have one place that I was living senior year. I slept on couches and stayed with family friends. I was constantly traveling on weekends for soccer, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. It was just like one long road trip for me.”
Doll found that the time she spent away from the East Coast really hurt her in the recruiting process, and she was still struggling to get D-I offers throughout her senior year. However, one coach at a camp in North Carolina saw enough in her to offer her a scholarship. It was the head coach at Division-II Anderson University in South Carolina.
“It wasn’t a Division-I offer, but the coach made it seem like I could play right away, and I got a full ride, so I just took it,” said Doll.
As it turned out, Anderson University did not give her the experience that she had hoped for, so she ended up transferring to the University of South Carolina in the Spring of her sophomore year, hoping to get another shot at soccer.
“I lasted about two weeks and quit. I just realized I didn’t want to play anymore,” Doll said.
Now, Doll remains at USC, and she has found a new life after soccer. She is a founding sister of the Pi Phi sorority at USC, she is an executive for dance marathon, and she is on the Bateman team.
“After moving all over the place, it is nice to have found a second home here in Columbia,” Doll said.
Buoyer is a senior public relations major in the journalism school.