For four Deerfield-Windsor soccer standouts, Thursday seemed like it would never arrive.
In what Deerfield-Windsor headmaster Dave Davies hailed as a proud moment for the school, a trio of girls standouts — Parker Morgan, Rachel Sullivan and Kendall Freeman — as well as goal keeper Grant Wollam signed letters of intent in the school media center.
Morgan, who set Deerfield-Windsor's single-season scoring record last season, signed with Division II power Columbus State. Kendall Freeman signed with Division III Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga. Midfielder Rachel Sullivan signed with Division I Siena in New York.
Wollam signed with Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.
Morgan was a scoring machine last season for the Lady Knights. Freeman, meanwhile, was a strong defender and a key reason for Deerfield's run to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA state championship game.
Davies spoke of how far the soccer programs have come in a short time.
"For a school our size, it's impressive," Deerfield-Windsor coach Alastair Joslin said. "We've got two players going to good Division I programs, we've got one going to a Division II program that's been in national championships recently, and we've got one going to a Division III program that competes year in and year out.
"Not only the fact that they're going off to play in college, but the fact that they're going off to play at competitive schools on a national level in college goes to show you how much commitment they and their parents have put in. And they got their rewards."
Wollam, the Knights' goal keeper, also was a weapon on the Deerfield-Windsor football team last fall. He was named the first-team all-area kicker by The Albany Herald.
But he said his days of kicking footballs are over.
"I enjoyed soccer more," he said. "I'm not going to kick in college. It was a lot of fun, though."
Sullivan will go the farthest away from Southwest Georgia, heading to Loudonville, N.Y. to play at Siena. She said signing a scholarship fulfilled a goal.
"I've been dreaming of signing this since I was a little girl," she said. "I've always wanted to play soccer in college, it was never an option not to. I love New York, have a lot of family up there. It just felt right when I went on campus."
The four players will be expected to help the boys and girls soccer teams at Deerfield-Windsor make a deep run this season.