Soccer star signs with UC Merced
by Bob Brownne
May 03, 2013 | 1554 views | 0 0 comments | 82 82 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Shelby Devlin has been playing soccer since the age of 4, and looks forward to every new challenge that the game can bring.

“It’s my passion. I love it,” said the Tracy High senior, on Wednesday, April 24, after she signed her letter of intent to play for the U.C. Merced Bobcats next year.

Devlin had two San Joaquin Athletic Association championship seasons with the junior varsity soccer team and just finished her second SJAA championship season with the varsity team.

She also played golf and basketball while at Tracy High.

Devlin had considered out of state colleges where she could play soccer, but after Bobcats coach Megan Atoigue attended one of Devlin’s club tournaments, where she plays for Manteca Alliance, the two stayed in touch and Devlin got a chance to meet the team.

“I only practiced with them one time, but they seem like they work really well together,” she said. “They seem like they push really hard at practice.”

Devlin added that her experience at Tracy High, where she plays sweeper, has taught her tenacity.

“I’ve had great coaches the past four years, (Phil) Kalis for JV and Nate (Perry) for varsity,” she said. “They’ve always taught me to not give up even when times get hard.”

Devlin plans to study psychology at U.C. Merced, and hopes to pursue a career as a child psychologist.

• Contact Bob Brownne at 830-4227 or brownne@tracypress.com.
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