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Cargile to run with Warriors

Del Oro defender will play at Stanislaus this fall on a scholarship
By: Eric J. Gourley, Journal Sports Writer
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Nathan Williams doesn’t hold praise about Shelby Cargile. “Athletically she’s off the radar — she’s crazy,” the Del Oro High soccer star’s former coach said. “She can run, she can jump, and to be honest she tackles more like a boy than a girl. She’s very, very tough for her size. She likes to play the game very physically.” After closing out another strong season on the pitch last month, Cargile will be elevating her game to the Division II level this fall at Cal State Stanislaus on a partial athletic scholarship. The defender signed a letter of intent in February to join the Warriors, who finished 8-7-4 last season. Cargile, who plays right defender and right midfield, had a team-high tying four assists for the Golden Eagles (8-7-2) this spring. She had 18 assists as a forward in 2005 before moving to the defense, where she developed into a perennial all-Sierra Foothill League selection. Midway through her high school career, Cargile hadn’t really considered taking her game to college. “Up until my junior year I never really even thought that I would play college soccer,” she said. “Once junior year came and I started talking to a few places, I started to say to myself, ‘hey, maybe this is something I can do.’ I loved playing at Del Oro. It was a great experience. I took every year with such gratitude.” When Cargile first visited Stanislaus, she “loved the campus.” Her blistering speed and hard-nosed style in the backfield weren’t lost on Warriors head coach Gabriel Bolton. “I work hard all the time and I’m so passionate about soccer, so I’m pretty excited to go and see how things turn out down there,” Cargile said. Williams, who coached Cargile for three years with the Placer United soccer club and her first three at Del Oro, has little doubt she’ll make an instant impact at Stanislaus. “I think it’s a fantastic fit,” Williams said. “It’s a couple hours away, so it’s far enough away but it’s close enough to home. She’ll probably find herself starting down there. She’s definitely one of my favorite kids I’ve ever coached, on and off the field.”