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Collins signs with Georgia State
Salem goalkeeper to stay in state with Lady Panthers soccer team

Salem standout goalkeeper Kellianne Collins will be continuing her soccer career on the collegiate level at Georgia State University.

Collins recently signed a soccer scholarship with the Lady Panthers.

"I have always wanted to play Division I soccer, and Georgia State was just a good fit with a great soccer program. I love the coach (Domenic Martelli)," Collins said. "It's a good school."

Collins also lettered in basketball as a sophomore and senior during her athletic career at Salem. She sat out her junior year to focus on soccer.

"She truly is a presence in the goal, and I think her presence pulls our team together giving us a great sense of confidence," Salem girls coach Heather Richardson said. "I remember seeing her play at RYSA (Rockdale Youth Soccer Association) when she was very young, and I have had the joy of seeing her grow into one of the strongest goalies we have had at Salem."

Collins, who is one of nine players in Georgia State's 2008 recruiting class, is looking forward to the future.

"I am sad that high school is almost over, but I am looking forward to playing at Georgia State," she said. "It will be a great learning experience."

Collins played club soccer for the 08 Tophat Gold. In 2002, her team finished second nationally in the Elks National Soccer Shoot. She also was selected as the under-14 goalkeeper in 2003 for the Georgia Olympic Development Region Pool.

"I am very proud of Kellianne's accomplishments, and I wish her the best of luck at Georgia State," Richardson said.

Collins is the second Salem female athlete to sign with a Division I school this school year. Her basketball teammate, Courtney Hurt, signed earlier with Virginia Commonwealth University. Salem has had a combined seven Division I signees this school year between boys and girls athletics.

Collins plans to major in either animal science or early childhood education.