Lizzie Chlystun

Lizzie Chlystun poses with her family at her signing ceremony on Wednesday. She will continue her academic and athletic career at Central Michigan.

ZIONSVILLE – Lizzie Chlystun was one of the key leaders on the Zionsville Lady Eagles soccer team this fall.

Now, she will be taking that leadership and skill a little bit north for her college career.

Chlystun signed Wednesday with Central Michigan to continue her academic and athletic careers.

“It is a good feeling just to make it official and know where I’m going,” Chlystun said. “Knowing that I’m going to be with a lot of cool people that I already met is going to be great.”

Central Michigan finished this season 7-6-4 under head coach Jeremy Groves.

They play in the Division I Mid-American Conference. Chlystun said that when she was looking at schools, Central Michigan really stood out for her.

“I liked the campus a lot,” Chlystun said. “They had a lot of great facilities, especially for sports and the academics around sports. It just felt like something that would be around soccer, which I really liked.”

Chlystun was an all-conference and second-team all-region performer for the Lady Eagles this fall.

She had six goals and five assists this season, and finished her career with nine goals and 10 assists.

“The coaches (at Central Michigan) liked that I was really athletic, but also smart at what I do,” Chlystun said. “That was something that they were looking for to help the program take that next step.”

Since the high school season ended, the work hasn’t stopped for Chlystun as she gets ready to make the transition to the college game.

She said Wednesday that there are some areas that she is focused on improving so that she is ready to make the transition to the college game.

“I wanted to get a lot stronger, so I have been taking APC at the school,” she said. “I think that has helped me a lot and is going to help me in college.”

When looking back at her time at Zionsville, Chlystun said that there are going to be several things that she remembers about being a Lady Eagle.

But first and foremost is the people.

“I think I am going to remember all the great friends and great people I met here,” Chlystun said. “A lot of my best friends are here now, and that feels really nice to know that it is such a great community to be around.”

Chlystun plans on studying chemistry and Spanish at Central Michigan.

Will Willems is the Sports Editor of the Zionsville Times Sentinel and Lebanon Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @Will_Willems.

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