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Chenango Forks graduate ready to take on the Big East

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Chenango Forks alumnus and state champion, Lauren Ashman, is a week away from beginning her college career at Villanova.

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – Chenango Forks graduate Lauren Ashman is getting ready to begin her college soccer career at Villanova University next week.

While a number of college athletic conferences across the country have postponed the fall sports season, the Big East is prepared to play.

"We are only playing in conference games so usually they only play each other once per season but this year we are going to play each other twice, hopefully both home and away,” said Lauren Ashman.

The women's soccer team will be traveling to different parts of the country but Ashman says with the protocols taken, she feels comfortable taking the field.

"The Big East conference is doing the best they can to make this as safe as possible," said Ashman. "I know that if it was a problem anyway, they would change the way they are doing it or change it to the spring."

When Ashman arrives to campus next week, she can focus on making the transition from the high school level to college.

"The competitiveness will be a lot higher and especially the fitness will be a lot higher which is something I've been trying to work for," she said.

Ashman is excited to begin life as a college student, during a time where normalcy is hard to find.

"I'm looking forward to meeting new teammates and meeting new people," said Ashman, "and just getting to go somewhere and still have the college experience."

Jacob Seus

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