COLUMBUS, Ohio –Sarah Charley will be continuing her academic and athletic career at Ohio State as a member of the Ohio State field hockey program this fall.
Charley comes to Ohio State following a phenomenal high school career. The two-time Ohio Player of the Year lettered four years for the Thomas Worthington Cardinals, who were coached by Terri Simmoneti-Frost. In that time, she collected four first team All-League, three All-State and two All-American nods. In her first season with Cardinals, Charley was named Rookie of the Year and went on to help Thomas Worthington to four district and division championships and three state championships. The Worthington, Ohio native scored 109 goals for her career, leading the team all four years in goals scored. Aside from success for her high school team, Charley also played four years as a forward and midfielder for FHL under coach Kelli Smith Puzo.
WHAT COACHES ARE SAYING ABOUT HER
“Sarah Charley is an excellent field hockey player who truly makes a difference on the field offensively for us. She scored her 100th high school career goal on October 8th and finished with a total of 109 goals. She has finesse, endurance and amazing speed. She has fantastic receptions on the ball that beats her opponents constantly. She also executes dodges at the precise moment and is dangerous in the circle, either taking a shot or creating opportunities for her teammates to take a shot on goal. She has excellent vision of the field which allows her to make great decisions with the ball. She truly can read a split/seam and send it to an attack player on the spot or in a great space for her to run onto it. Without Sarah we wouldn’t generate as many shots or corners. She did a ton for this team; she truly is an exceptional player that I was fortunate to coach.”
– Terri Simmoneti-Frost, Thomas Worthington High School coach
“It is hard to put into words the impact that Sarah has had on me as a coach and person, but even greater is the impact she has made on our entire club. Sarah can beat any defender with her quick first step and fast hand speed. She is a gifted player with an immense amount of athletic ability that will serve her well at the next level. But, what makes her extra special is her soul – her honest, authentic and genuine demeanor. The Buckeyes are getting a very special young woman and our FHL family is excited to cheer her on in the Scarlet and Gray.”
– Keli Smith Puzo, FHL coach
“Sarah is coming to Ohio State as the two-time state player of the year here in Ohio as well as an All-American. She had a very successful career both at Thomas Worthington High School (Coached by Terri Simmoneti), where she won 3 state titles, but also with her club team, FHL (Coached by Keli Puzo). Her athleticism, aggressiveness and competitive nature will make her a dangerous threat on the field for us this fall. For someone who committed to the sport at a later age, you can see her growth over the past few years and I know the best is yet to come. She knows how to score, she knows how to win and she is hungry to be the best. I am also really proud of her, being from Ohio, and setting high aspirations for her field hockey career. We have some great players in this state and Sarah can help build that atmosphere for future Ohio players to play in college at an elite level with hard work and dedication.”
– Jarred Martin, Ohio State field hockey head coach
MORE ABOUT SARAH
Why did you choose Ohio State: “The Ohio State University has a very active campus with events going on constantly. It’s close to my home, so I can always go back to see my family when I need to. On my visit, even though this is my hometown, I felt a deeper connection. The same feeling that girls supposedly have when they’re choosing a wedding dress, are the same emotions I felt on campus. I felt immediately attached to this school and like the doors of opportunity had opened wide just for me. The girls on the team were amazing and welcomed me with open arms and the coaching staff is phenomenal. I also greatly appreciate the diversity that is at the school, and on my team. People of all types come to OSU to be exposed to real life experiences and figure out who they truly are, and I can’t wait for my journey to begin.”
Favorite pastimes, hobbies, etc.: spending time with family and friends and traveling