Hernando’s Smith to play soccer at Northwest

Hernando High School soccer defender Ryan Smith has signed a letter of intent to play soccer next season at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Smith signed his scholarship offer Friday at the school.  

Hernando coach Logan Clark said Smith has played at the defensive position the past two years and brings two important facets to his game from the back.  

“Ryan is a fast and physical presence on the playing field,” Clark said. “He has stepped up in very critical moments this season to push the team to victory.”

Smith was part of a team that went an impressive 8-3-2 for the winter season, but came up just short of a 6A playoff spot.  

“I am super proud that he is getting the opportunity to play at the next level,” said Clark. “In addition to a great player on the field, he is an incredible teammate to his brothers!”

Smith will be playing for a Northwest team coach by Mark Hogan, a former Ranger goalkeeper and former Lake Cormorant coach who took over the Northwest program in 2018.  

Photo: Ryan Smith of Hernando signed Friday to play soccer next season at Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. Smith is shown with his family and (standing from left) coaches Logan Clark and Emily Rose, and principal Duane Case. (Photo credit: Angie Riley, Hernando High School)

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