MATTHEWS – Queen’s Grant’s Hayden Pacheco, a three-time all-Yadkin Valley 1A midfielder selection, signed her letter of intent to soccer play at Piedmont International University on Jan. 24.
Pacheco, who also considered an offer from Johnson & Wales, will miss her senior season after undergoing ACL reconstruction on her right knee in January.
Pacheco is projected to return in time for fall workouts at Piedmont, where she will play for coach Kyle Neal.
“We are thrilled at Piedmont International to get a commitment from Hayden,” Neal said. “She’s a player I’ve liked since freshman year. She has progressed really well since then and will be a big part of the soccer program.”
Pacheco scored a freshman school record 17 goals at Queens Grant and holds school marks for assists in a season (22) and game (six). She played four years with Lake Norman Soccer Club and played on the club’s EPNL team last summer.
“Hayden is a good student, good athlete and great personality,” Neal said. “She’s going to be a great fit here on campus, and we’re looking forward to getting her in the classroom and on the field.”
At Queen’s Grant, Pacheco scored twice in one of the program’s biggest wins, a 4-1 victory in the NCHSAA 1A playoffs at Murphy during her sophomore season.
“Hayden gave Queen’s Grant a presence we’ll miss in such a tough conference this season,” Queen’s Grant coach Eli Pacheco said. “We’re proud that she’ll continue her career in college and can’t wait to see her doing her thing at Piedmont.”