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Bozeman's Swoboda heading north to play for Thunderbirds


Bozeman's Swoboda heading north to play for Thunderbirds

While football fans across the country were focused on the NFL draft Thursday, Bozeman High was celebrating a different type of football.

Hawk midfielder Elizabeth Swoboda signed her letter of intent this morning with the University of British Columbia, saying the dream of playing the sports she loves in college had finally become a reality.

"I've been working really hard for this moment and it just seems real now," Swoboda said. "UBC was just kind of a dream school of mine."

Swoboda didn't have an offer on the table in the fall, so she went out and got one.

"Over spring break I called the coach, told him I was in Vancouver and he asked me to come try out," Swoboda said. "Then I got asked to come back for a scrimmage. I got a call for a roster spot a week and a half later."

Swoboda had three goals and six assists this season, being named an All-State selection. This coming just a year after she suffered a broken leg.

"I think it's been kind of a long road with her injury last year and kind of making it back and trying to get back into the recruiting process," said Bozeman girl's soccer coach Erika Cannon. "She got out there and got seen and she got an offer from a great school. I'm really proud of her."

Swoboda's father is originally from Canada, which he said made the process of her  becoming a citizen a little easier. However, Swoboda says she takes pride in the fact she did this process mainly on her own.

"My parents are great and they've been helping me," Swoboda said. "But I took pride in doing everything on my own for UBC. Applying, doing the recruitment forms, staying in touch with coaches, everything. When they found out I got my roster spot it came as a bit of a surprise since it was my little project, but everyone was ecstatic."

Cannon says UBC is the perfect place for Swoboda to grow as a player, especially with the popularity of the sport in that area.

"It's a hotbed for soccer," said Cannon. "MLS (Major League Soccer) has a team in that area. It'll be really neat for her to be in that atmosphere. I just can't wait to see her improve throughout her college career."

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