Sadie Montague admitted she wasn’t opposed to embracing despair.
Two years after committing to attend and play soccer at Cincinnati, the Buhach Colony alumna had her future upheaved just before she was set to depart. Montague said five days before she was due to leave for Cincinnati, her parents informed her they weren’t going to be able to pay for it.
“You can imagine the emotions I was going through?” Montague said. “For two years I thought college was set and then it wasn’t. I really didn’t have any backup plans. I was caught in a situation I wasn’t prepared for and didn’t know how to handle.”
Montague said she took a week to sort out her feelings and how to proceed. That’s all the self-indulgence she could afford as it was early July and soccer teams were set to report to their various schools in August.
“I knew my options would be limited, but there’s always a way,” Montague said. “I got in contact with the Bakersfield coach and Cal Poly. I almost ended up going with Cal Poly, but they couldn’t get me in for the fall and I didn’t want to wait a year to start playing.
“I sent an email to the Fresno State coach and he said they had a spot for me if I was interested. It felt right. I knew the staff. I know a number of the girls on the team from playing with or against them. And I have a lot of friends that are going there. In the end it may up being a better fit for me than even Cincinnati.”
Montague made it official last week, signing to play with the Bulldogs. She joins a Fresno State team that was 5-12-1 a year ago and finished ninth in the Mountain West. Montague said the Bulldogs want to use her pace and natural left foot out on the wing.
Because she joined the program so late in the recruiting game, Montague will be a walk-on in the fall, but there’s hope of earning a scholarship in the years to come.
“Sadie has the ability to cover a lot of ground and add pace in flank positions,” Bulldogs coach Brian Zwaschka said in a news release. “She’s naturally left-footed, which can help fortify that side quite nicely. She has played left defender for the last two years, so she has been developing at a very good level in that ECNL environment. We expect her to carry that experience into our program.”
Montague stayed pretty composed in the face of a tough situation, but it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. She proved she is not afraid to make the tough calls when she opted to just play for her Pleasanton Rage club team her last two years of high school.
“That was a really tough decision,” Montague said. “I feel kind of justified because I will be playing Division I soccer, but there were a lot of sacrifices. I missed out on playing with my friends and people I genuinely cared about. My family didn’t get to see a lot of games either, since I was out in Pleasanton four to five days a week.
“One of the best things about playing at Fresno State is now I’ll get some of those opportunities.”