A bundle of energy as a toddler, Katie Woodrum found her footing in soccer, excelling and earning a scholarship to the University of San Francisco.
Montgomery High's midfield anchor and All-Empire standout Wednesday signed her national letter of intent to play for the Dons.
"I always wanted to play college. I never dreamed the way everything worked out perfectly," she said.
More than two dozen Empire athletes, from high schools and junior colleges, formally committed to playing sports at four-year colleges in the fall. Most signed Wednesday with others deciding during early periods.
Woodrum, the North Bay League offensive most valuable player, joins a long line of Empire prep soccer greats who have moved on to play major college soccer.
The journey began as a 4-year-old in the Rincon Valley Youth Soccer Club's recreation leagues, continuing through more competitive levels. For the past seven seasons, Woodrum rose through the Santa Rosa United club team ranks.
"I had a lot of energy as a kid and my mom wanted to get it out of me. It worked out very well," Woodrum said.
A three-year Montgomery starter, Woodrum helped lead the Vikings to the North Coast Section championship contest the past two seasons.
Playing club soccer tournaments and showcases put Woodrum on the college recruiting radar. The beginning of her junior year Woodrum verbally committed to UC Santa Barbara, after also visiting Loyola Marymount and San Diego State.
Then she received a full scholarship offer from USF. The chance to play in a great city closer to home for a university with a top nursing program was too good to pass up.