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Ormiston endures injury to land scholarship

Forest Lake senior headed to Wayne State
By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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Dana Ormiston?s senior campaign on the soccer pitch was far from the dream season she envisioned for years. But thanks to her stellar pedigree and years of hard work, the Forest Lake Christian senior will fulfill another childhood dream next year. Ormiston is headed to Wayne State in Nebraska to continue her career with the Division II school. ?I?ve wanted to play college soccer since I was 4,? Ormiston said. ?I would run home from soccer practice and tell my parents, ?I?m going to play in college.?? Less than six months ago, Ormiston?s aspirations for a college career seemed unlikely. She tore her anterior cruciate ligament during a college showcase late last year and had surgery on her knee in January. The injury cost Ormiston her final season of high school soccer. ?It was really difficult for me,? she said. ?When I first tore it, I felt like I was letting the team down and I felt so bad. But I started becoming more humble and didn?t worry about what will go on because the girls can do it. They did an amazing job without me. It was their time to shine.? Forest Lake coach Trenton Mol gave Ormiston a ceremonious five minutes of play on the Falcons? Senior Day and she played sparingly in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship game, which they lost to Bradshaw Christian. Despite Forest Lake?s impressive season, the team missed Ormiston?s versatility and leadership. ?She played wherever we needed her,? Mol said. ?If we needed defense, she would play sweeper. If we wanted more help in the midfield, she would play midfielder. If we wanted more attack, she?d play up top.? At Wayne State, Ormiston will provide speed and skill in the midfield, according to coach Molly Grisham. ?Dana will add depth as an attacking player,? the coach said. ?She is a technical player who is comfortable with the ball at her feet and those types of players traditionally have excelled in our system.? Ormiston had never heard of Wayne State before her Cap FC United coach received an e-mail inquiring about potential players. Ormiston was intrigued and exchanged several e-mails with Grisham. She visited the campus in Wayne, Neb. over spring break and thoroughly enjoyed her first visit to the Cornhusker State. ?I didn?t know anything about the school and it was kind of a fluke thing, but the more I researched the school and my major, the more I fell in love with it,? Ormiston said. ?The girls on the team were amazing. It felt like Forest Lake?s soccer team.? Ormiston plans to major in childhood development. She and her sister Aine ? a former Forest Lake soccer player ? would like to open a daycare together when they?re finished with school. Ormiston wasn?t sure if she would have the chance to play in college after her untimely knee surgery. But she was cleared to resume training earlier this month and Grisham believes she can be a major contributor for the Wildcats over the next four years. ?Having the ACL injury was a really big thing for me. Colleges were signing people and by the time I recovered colleges would have their teams,? Ormiston said. ?I kept praying about it and I told (Grisham) about it and she was completely fine with it. Normally it?s an iffy thing with college coaches, but it was really nice seeing a coach not worry about it.?