ATLANTA, GEORGIA—A former remarkable player of Georgia State University Panthers Women’s Soccer Team has recently signed a professional soccer contract to continue playing soccer after the end of her collegiate career.
According to reports, Emily Burke has signed a contract to play professionally for Columbus Rapids FC.
Burke as team captain carried her team to a modest performance at Sun Belt Conference.
She is 18 matches and was one of 14 Panthers to score a goal as a part of Georgia State’s balanced scoring attack.
As a junior, Burke recorded two assists while starting 12 games and appearing in all 15 of a COVID-19 shortened season. She anchored the GSU midfield while helping lead the Panthers to a historic 10-3-2 season, outscoring opponents 25-16.
GSU Panthers head coach Ed Joyce is very happy with the pro-contract of his former player.
“We are excited to see Emily continue her soccer career on the professional level,” Joyce said.
“In her four years at Georgia State, Emily truly represented what it means to be a student-athlete on and off the field and I have no doubt she will continue to be successful at the next level,” Joyce added.
Along with her success on the field, Burke was a four-time President’s List honoree and three-time Dean’s List honoree for her work in the classroom.
Before the pro-contract of Burke, two other former Panthers have also recently signed pro-contracts.
Brooke Shank has signed with Valadares Gaia of the Portuguese First Division, while Callie O’Connor has signed with the Rome (Ga.) Gladiators of the National Indoor Soccer League.
Shank finished her career at Georgia State in 2019 after earning All-Sun Belt Second Team and All-Tournament Team honors. A three-time Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week honoree, Shank played in 18 games as a senior while scoring three goals with an assist. All three goals during her senior season proved to be game-winners against Sun Belt Conference opponents. She finished the year with a team-high 39 total shots including 17 shots on goal. Shank also earned a pair of President’s List honors and was a three-time Dean’s List recipient in her time at GSU.
O’Connor played in 11 matches during her senior year in 2016 earning seven starts while ranking fourth on the team with 16 shots taken. She scored a goal in the regular-season opener against Alabama State. As a junior, she played in 18 matches and had three goals, including two game-winning goals. She took 30 shots including 19 that were on target. She earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll recognition in her final semester at Georgia State.
The Panthers ended the 2021 season in November going 9-4-7, including a 3-1-6 mark in Sun Belt Conference play. The Panthers finished in third place in the conference and advanced to the semifinals of the Sun Belt Championship.