November 19, 2012

Charley Porter: 'These Memories Are Something I Will Always Cherish'

UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Saginaw Valley State University Athletics continues its monthly 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' feature that focuses on Cardinal student-athletes and what it means for them to be a member of the SVSU Athletics family.

The November installment of the 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' series highlights Charley Porter, senior captain midfielder on the Cardinal women's soccer team. Porter, Midland, Mich. native, was an All-State Honorable Mention selection in soccer her senior year at Midland High School. She had a successful high school career both in the classroom and on the soccer field as she helped guide her team to a Saginaw Valley League Championship and a district title in 2007, while earning honor roll recognition all four years as a Chemic.

During her time at SVSU, Porter has once again excelled both academically and as a leader of the successful Lady Cardinals soccer program. Porter has compiled a 3.089 grade point average and is currently finishing degrees in Exercise Science and Communication.

Porter has been a integral part of the SVSU Cardinal soccer program the past four seasons as she has appeared in 73 total matches and has made 67 starts in her career. Charley recorded seven goals and 21 assists throughout her four years, including a GLIAC-leading 10 assists along with four goals in her 2012 senior campaign. Porter was recently acknowledged for her stellar play this past season as she was selected to the Daktronics Inc. First-Team All-Midwest Region as well as First-Team All-GLIAC.

Porter reflects, in her own words, on the experiences as a part of the SVSU women's soccer team and what she has gained throughout her time as a Cardinal:

"I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, but I am more grateful that I have been able to be a part of such an extraordinary program. SVSU Athletics is the type of program that you come out of knowing that you did something remarkable, and learned a lot along the way. I credit a great amount of who I am as a person and student to this program. I am thankful for the lifetime of relationships, lessons and memories that have been made over the past four years.

Unfortunately, my four years of eligibility are complete and its time for me to hang up the cleats. My senior year was the perfect way to close out my career at Saginaw Valley; I am satisfied with the team effort we gave, along with my personal results. The hardest part of hanging up the cleats is not the fact that I will no longer be competing, but because I am leaving such a wonderful, hard-working group of girls. It didn't matter if we were on the bus, running 22s, or just hanging out - we always had fun together. These memories are something I will always cherish and wish that every senior class follow is lucky enough to have them as well." - Charley Porter

Stay tuned to www.SVSUCardinals.com next month for the December edition of the 'Student-Athlete Spotlight' presented by State Farm.

Click here to view previous Student-Athlete Spotlight segments