February Signing Day: A “diplomatic” signature leads Barge’s next playing field at Franklin & Marshall


Kelsey Ward

Haley Barge signs her National Letter of Intent to Franklin & Marshall College.

Haley Barge, a forward, signed her National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Franklin and Marshall College in the fall of 2018. Barge led her Varsity soccer team to its first 3A State Championship win in November of 2017. She led the county in goals, tieing the county scoring record with 23 goals.

Haley has played soccer for 12 years and is supported by her family and friends.

“We are very proud to send Haley off to F&M. She’s a strong player and we can’t wait to come out and watch her compete at the collegiate level,” said William Barge.

Barge isn’t worried at all playing in college and is ecstatic to begin playing for the Franklin Diplomats. With two conference titles, Haley hopes to bring her future team their first national championship.

“When Haley leaves, the thing that I’ll miss most about her is her intelligence. Her intelligence, both as a person and a player on the field, is one of the highest I’ve ever seen and has been a vital addition to our team,” said Coach Howie Putterman.

Barge has seen offers from a number of schools including Susqehanna University, Stockton University, and the Virginia Military Institute. However, ultimately, she had a decision between Carnegie Mellon University and Franklin and Marshall College.

“I eliminated Carnegie Mellon from my list because of the amount of pressure that I put on myself within a short period of time to become a stand-out applicant for a school with an acceptance rate of 13.7% versus F&M’s 32%,” said Barge.

The decision to attend Franklin and Marshall was further galvanized by her love for the school’s location and tight-knit community.