ZANESVILLE, Ohio – The Muskingum valley has had no shortage of extraordinary athletes over the years, many of whom have gone on to play at the next level. On Thursday afternoon, another extraordinary athlete made her decision to compete at the next level official.
Korynn Porter has had a memorable career for the Rosecrans high school girls soccer team. A starter since she was a freshman, Porter has played for three district champion teams and won numerous awards and honors from all-Mid-State League to all-eastern district and a first team all-Ohio honor in 2020.
Thursday afternoon, she officially took the next step to play soccer at the next level by signing with the University of Charleston’s women’s soccer program.
“Well, I was really indecisive about where I wanted to go at first,” notes Korryn. “I knew that I wanted to major in pharmacy, so really, I was trying to find those pharmacy colleges first. Then, obviously, soccer was next in line with that.”
“I was in contact with my coach from Charleston four or five months ago […] I took a look at the school and I actually really liked it so that ended up being my final decision.”
Rosecrans girls soccer coach Tom Hutcheson says that Porter has been a key contributor and a leader for the Bishops since day one.
“Since she was a freshman, she’s been a starter,” Coach Hutcheson says. “It just seems like yesterday she was an incoming freshman. So it’s been a joy and an absolute pleasure to be able to coach Korryn.”
Rosecrans assistant coach Daryl Porter says that’s it’s been a joy to watch Korryn grow as a player and as a person since day one. He would know better than anyone as he just so happens to be he father.
“Korryn started playing when she was four, and it’s been very enjoyable watching her play and grow,” Daryl says. “It’s been especially good for us as a family to see her teaching and mentoring her younger brother and her younger sister.”
“She’s really taken a lot of steps forward. She’s worked very hard and very diligent at it, and she is certainly very deserving to get to play at the next level.”
Daryl says that, while the family will be sad to see her leave home, he knows that she’ll be a great fit for the Charleston program. She may even have an opportunity to make an impact as soon as she steps on campus.
“They have a very competitive soccer program [at Charleston], so it should be very interesting to see how she fits in. The coaching staff were specifically looking for a center defender and hopefully she’ll be able to compete for that position as soon as she gets on campus.”
Coach Hutcheson says that Korynn’s impact on the younger Bishops players, as well as the program itself, will be felt for years to come.
“I think the mark that she’s gonna leave for the younger players is the toughness,” Coach Hutcheson says. “I think her work ethic will be a lasting impression on a lot of the younger players, and just her overall drive to win. I think that’s gonna be one of the biggest takes that Korynn’s gonna leave with our team.”