Cavs star soccer player Keeley McGuffin signs with Point University

Published 4:05 pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

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Keeley McGuffin signed her letter of intent with Point University on Wednesday. She has been committed to the university since July of last year but made it official when she signed on the dotted line.

“It was a pretty easy decision because a couple of my old teammates went to Point, and they say they love it there,” McGuffin said. “I was all in on Point.”

McGuffin never got cold feet about her decision to play college soccer at Point but had mixed emotions about staying so close to home.

“Point is like a block from my mom’s house, so it’s like ehhh, but it’s also a good thing too,” McGuffin said.

It is a win-win scenario for Point University as it gets a talented young soccer player and helps draw in soccer fans from the local community. She has only grown her game on the pitch during her senior year is a big boon for the Skyhawks.

“This has been the best season I’ve ever had,” McGuffin said. “It wasn’t just me individually, it’s the whole team. We have great chemistry and everybody just gets along.”

Point and Callaway are starting to build a pipeline for girls soccer players between them as McGuffin is the third Cavalier to head to Point in the last several years.

“None of this is possible without teammates. None of this is possible without supportive parents of teammates,” said McGuffin’s father and assistant coach Jeff McGuffin.

Point University women’s head soccer coach Randy Douglas is excited to have McGuffin on board. She was the first committed player in Point’s 2022 class.

“How awesome is that? To get that kind of recognition from college coaches and knowing what direction you’re heading early on shows you her drive,” Callaway head coach Mike Petite said.

This is McGuffin’s first year working with coach Petite. He has helped her grow her game on the pitch and has consistently demanded the best out of her.

“He is very intense and demanding, but that’s also a good thing,” McGuffin said. “I respond really well to that. Him being very intense and demanding has helped me a lot.”

The reason McGuffin had the ability to play college soccer and received offers after her junior season was her commitment to being great. She worked tirelessly during the season and the offseason to get better and constantly improved facets of her game.

“I’ve been up her painting lines for summer stuff, and I see her out there running with the ball,” Petite said. “If we’re doing a practice in the fall or a captain’s practice, she’s always the first one there.”

It was a day full of celebration for the young soccer star, but McGuffin could not be thankful enough for her Cavalier teammates and coaches that were in attendance and helped make this opportunity possible.

“I just wanted to say thank you to all the coaches and all my teammates,” McGuffin said. “I especially want to say thank you to this team this year because you’ve been the best team that I’ve ever played on.”