Trotta first CCC soccer signing
The newly created Central Community College - Columbus women’s soccer team has signed their first ever recruit in Columbus High’s Macee Trotta.
Trotta will be a dual-sport athlete at CCC, also signing with Jack Gutierrez and the Raider softball program.
“I’m very excited,” Trotta said at the event. “I’ve played sports my whole life, so being able to at least carry on two out of the three kind of takes the breath out of me. It’s going to be nice being able to still have my supporters there and everything.”
New CCC women’s soccer coach Jamie Bennett was familiar with Trotta having coached her at the club level previously.
“Macce is a great player,” Bennett said. “Having her as the first (player) is exciting, and a local girl at that.”
Trotta and the rest of the Discoverer soccer team went 10-4 last season making it to the state tournament.
“She’s definitely athletic, but most importantly her touch is really good,” said CHS head soccer coach Luis Pulido. “Her touch is probably one of the better ones on the team even compared to girls that train all year round.”
Trotta was a three-year, three-sport varsity letter winner. In softball, she batted an average of .362 her senior year, led CHS with 33 RBIs and led the Discoverers with a .968 fielding percentage.
In soccer, Trotta was a key player on defense during a conference championship run her senior year.
She’s also a basketball player, most recently leading CHS on Tuesday with 21 points in a losing effort. Hoops coach Dave Licari couldn’t remember the last time one of his girls scored 20 or more points.
One thing that almost all the coaches mentioned about Trotta was her versatility.
“Macee is a great team player, said CHS assistant softball coach Ashley Lueders.”She can play multiple positions. You can put her basically anywhere in the field and she can succeed for you. She’s a huge, huge asset for the college.”
Gutierrez first saw Trotta a few years ago. He echoed the same description as the other coaches in attendance: versatility.
“She can play a lot of different positions,” he said. “She can play short, first, I could even throw her at second. She knows the game really well, too.”
In order to develop her softball abilities, Trotta played on the Lakeview summer softball team where coach Chris Snyder said Trotta was one of his hardest workers.
Though able to fit in anywhere, Trotta was always willing to play whatever role was best for the team.
“As long as I’ve known her she’s been a selfless player,” Snyder said.
There were many things that made Trotta want to go to CCC.
“It’s still close to home,” she said. “I’m one that likes to be around my parents still. The campus is amazing. I know many people up there. They love it too.”
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org