CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Alanya Hannigan will sticking around the Midwest the next two years as the women's goalkeeper signed with Nebraska's Bellevue University on Thursday.
The chance to stay in the region and an opportunity to pursue her career aspirations in Bellevue were both factors in the Manchester, England native's decision to sign with the Bruins; a NAIA program in the North Star Athletic Association.
"I really like the area the school is in and academic wise I'll be able to get into coaching, which has always been my plan," Hannigan said. "The soccer team is really well known in the area and is a very good team. I can't wait to get in there and see what I can do."
Bellevue is a perennial power, earning five trips to the NAIA national tournament since 2010.
Hannigan will have an opportunity to battle for the starting job after putting together a strong career in a T-Birds' uniform, which includes an 18-7 record in 25 career starts at Cloud County with 93 career saves and 1.57 goals against average.
Her career was punctuated with Cloud County winning the program's second women's Region VI championship in 2017 and qualifying for nationals for the first time in school history. She will graduate as part of a sophomore class that helped resurrect the Cloud County women's program, going a combined 30-7-1 since the program was reinstated two years ago.
"It's going to be a really good fit for her and I'm very happy she was able to stay in the area she wanted," said Cloud County head coach, Charles Long. "She's an intelligent goalkeeper. She has great knowledge of the game and her hand-eye reaction is fantastic. She reads the game well and going in as a junior goalkeeper with two years of experience, she'll definitely help Bellevue's program."