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Shemwell commits to Anderson University

SAVE: Wabash’s Blayze Shemwell makes a save during a match last fall for the Apaches.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Blayze Shemwell had always dreamt of playing college sports. It wasn’t until the newly-formed Wabash soccer program came about did he find his path.

After two years as a standout in goal for the Apaches, Shemwell will continue his career at Anderson University next fall.

“I’ve always dreamed of being able to do something in college, whether it was soccer whatever I wanted,” Shemwell said on his signing day this winter. “I’m excited. I’m glad I get to continue playing a sport and I’m really excited to continue on in college. I’m just glad I’m here right now to do this.”

As for the college itself, Shemwell, who is planning on majoring in business management, was taken aback from the moment he stepped onto campus at Anderson.

“I fell in love with it as soon as I got to campus,” Shemwell said. “I did the visit and it’s small and I really enjoy the atmosphere. I’m really excited to get to know everybody and that’s one thing I was looking for in a college was a place where I could know everybody instead of being in a big college with a bunch people.”

With the Apaches last fall, Shemwell played in all 15 games, making 116 saves with an 80 percent save percentage on the year. With Shemwell in net, Wabash finished with a 6-9-1 record overall and a 3-4 mark in the Three Rivers Conference.

In his junior campaign, Shemwell played in 13 games, sporting a save percentage of 70 percent with 71 total saves on the year with Wabash going 4-10.

Shemwell will be joining an Anderson program that has had some varied success. The men’s team has had two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament titles, two regular-season titles and three conference Players of the Year.

Last season, the Ravens finished 6-10-2 after finishing 9-9-1 in 2017. Anderson does have a trio of keepers on the roster, but two will be seniors in 2019.

Shemwell’s focus, once he gets on campus, will be on self-improvement as he looks to break into starting lineup.

“I just want to be the best I can be, be a leader and hopefully be able to play with that team all four years and hopefully give them some titles they haven’t had,” Shemwell said. “I’m glad and I’m excited to be with the team and coaches.”