By: Matt Rothman
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas girls’ soccer team secured their third commitment for the 2025 class as Grace Dykstra committed to the University of Wisconsin.
“It feels like a huge weight off my shoulders,” Dykstra said. “Now I get to shift the focus from getting recruited to preparation for the Big 10, which I believe is going to be a very exciting process now that I have my sights set.”
Dykstra has played soccer her entire life. She was born in Parkland but moved to Japan as a baby before returning to the United States, where she started playing on teams. Dykstra has competed for Newtown Soccer Club in Pennsylvania, AYSO in San Clemente, CA, Rage in Pleasanton, CA, Madison 56ers in WI, FC Wisconsin ECNL, IMG Academy Elite in Bradenton, FL and FC Prime ECNL.
She is set to play her second year on varsity after scoring 14 goals and recording nine assists. The Eagles won their fifth straight Regional Championship, and Dykstra was named Player of the Year.
“No one out works Grace,” Head Coach Laura Rountree said. “She is positive and extremely passionate about soccer and always working to set new goals to improve always. She is a pleasure to coach and an incredible leader. We are so blessed to have her in our program.”
Dykstra says Wisconsin checked all the boxes when deciding where to play college. Dykstra had lived in Wisconsin for years and grew around the University. She also established a terrific relationship with coach Paula and wanted to find a strong academic school with a great culture, facilities, campus, and conference to continue her pursuit of becoming a professional.
Still, with two years left before heading to college, she hopes to improve her strength and fitness. MSD opens their season on November 1 against Boca Raton Community High School.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism and then graduated from the University of Florida as a graduate student. He also works for the Mohave Valley Daily News in Bullhead City, Arizona covering high school sports.
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