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College Signings: QND's Ulrich, Horvath announce intentions

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QND's Shelby Ulrich (Millikin) and Matt Horvath (St. Ambrose) signed their national letters of intent on Tuesday afternoon. QND's Shelby Ulrich (Millikin) and Matt Horvath (St. Ambrose) signed their national letters of intent on Tuesday afternoon.
QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- One is nicknamed 'bulldog' for her tenacious attitude on the soccer field while the other didn't even play football until his sophomore year of high school.

Now both defensive specialists are college bound to continue their athletic careers.

Quincy Notre Dame's Shelby Ulrich made her decision official by signing her national letter of intent with the Millikin women's soccer program and Matt Horvath became the latest Raider football standout to officially commit to St. Ambrose on Tuesday afternoon.

Ulrich says she takes pleasure in making sure the opponent stays off the scoreboard.

"As a defender you have to be tough to show that the forward is not just going to go by you, and score that goal," Ulrich explained.

"As a 'bulldog' I guess, I am physical and I won't let the forward just go in (the box) and score."

As far as Horvath is concerned he didn't play a down of organized football until two years ago.

Horvath was convinced by family members as well as head coach Bill Connell to give the sport a chance, and now Horvath is on his way to St. Ambrose despite the fact he wasn't totally sure he wanted to suit up at the next level.

"I really wasn't planning on playing in college," Horvath admitted.

"I applied to St. Ambrose and there was a little check box for stuff you like (to do), and I thought it meant you like to watch football. I put that down and the next thing you know they're sending me (football) info and asking for my (highlight) tape, and it kind of went from there. It's just really exciting to think that four years ago I didn't really play any sports and now I'm going to be a college athlete."

Horvath will join teammate Joey McCaughey as well as former teteammatesack Finley and Connor Obert with the Fighting Bees this fall.
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