May 4—GODLEY — It has all come full circle for Godley's Mady Brooks, who was a key part in getting soccer added to Godley and now sees her commitment and dedication to the sport pay off with a college opportunity.
Brooks recently signed with Wayland Baptist University to continue her soccer and education career at the collegiate level.
"The moment that I was able to sign to play college soccer was literally a dream come true," Brooks said. "It's been something I've wanted and have worked towards for a very long time and it was a really proud moment when I was able to officially sign."
After helping the Lady Cats make the playoffs in their first season of UIL play, Brooks made a bit of history as the first soccer player from Godley High School to sign with a college program.
"Being the first player in the history of Godley to play college soccer is extremely exciting," she said. "I've watched this program come to fruition, and my hope is that it will inspire other girls to work hard so that they can play at the next level."
Brooks has been passionate about soccer for as long as she can remember, having played the beautiful game since she was four years old.
"I knew that I wanted to play at the collegiate level when I became more serious about soccer and started playing on a club team at around 10 years old," she said.
Godley Coach Kasie Welborn said it's exciting to see someone so dedicated to and passionate about something be rewarded.
"Mady was one of the biggest advocates for adding soccer to our high school program," Welborn said. "She was one of a group of girls that even went to board meetings three years ago to try and convince them that we needed the sport here at the high school."
Brooks said all of that time spent campaigning to have soccer added as an official school sport at Godley High School was more than worth it. And for her prep career to end with a playoff appearance in Godley's first official season, along with an opportunity to further her career at the next level, is a perfect example of how pursuing what you're passionate about can be fruitful.
"To see how everything has gone full circle just goes to show that if you want something bad enough and have the right people to support you, anything can happen," Brooks said. "It was a tough battle to get this program started and to go to the playoffs in our first official varsity season was really sweet for me."
Brooks was a first-team all-district selection for the Lady Cats in 2021, an ideal student-athlete to coach, Welborn said.
"It has been my honor to coach Mady for the last two years," Welborn said. "She is an outstanding athlete and student. She has been a two-year captain and a District 8-4A first-team all-district player. She is an excellent all-around player that is going to do great things at Wayland. Coach [Shiloh] Posey is gaining a great asset."
Brooks said she opted to sign with Wayland Baptist University because it just felt like the right fit for her.
"I was lucky enough to go and visit WBU and I was welcomed immediately," she said. "Coach Posey and the team were so kind to me and the overall environment of the campus was amazing. I felt at home immediately and that's what made me choose to go to Wayland."
Posey said the Pioneers, who compete in the Sooner Athletic Conference, are looking forward to adding Brooks to their team in the fall.
"Madyson is an intelligent, hard-working, defensive midfielder that we look forward to having on our team next year," Posey said. "We are excited that ... Madyson has chosen Wayland and will be a part of the WBU family this fall."