After two years of softball at Wabash Valley College, Vandalia Community High School graduate Megan Godoyo decided on the next step in her her softball career, signing a national letter of intent with Southern Arkansas University.
In her two years at Wabash, Godoyo helped lead the team to an impressive record of 84-21, and winning the Great Rivers Athletic Conference both seasons, as well as finishing seventh in the NJCAA National Tournament her final season.
Godoyo finished her final season at Wabash with an impressive .451 batting average to go along with 16 home runs and 77 RBI’s.
“It was nice starting at a junior college, because you don’t feel as much pressure as you do at a big four-year school,” Godoyo said. "It kind of gets you used to things (at the college level). It was nice playing on a good team.”
While it was not an easy decision, citing interests to play Division I, Godoyo ultimately made the decision to play at SAU due to the program's success, with her eyes set on possibly winning a national tournament.
“I had a lot of offers from Division I, Division II schools, and I have always dreamed of playing Division I, but Southern Arkansas is a Division II school,” Godoyo said. “I could have gone Division I, but played on a team that was .500, but Southern Arkansas was around 53-11 last year and got fourth in the national tournament.
“I just wanted to put myself in the position to maybe win a national tournament one day.”
Despite choosing a Division II school instead of Division I, Godoyo still expects the level of competition to be significantly tougher compared to junior college.
Division II (as opposed to junior college),” Godoyo said. “The pitching is a lot quicker, I just feel like it’s more intense.”
While Godoyo had a successful softball career at Vandalia, her playing time was limited due to knee injuries, something she says she has learned from.
“In high school, I didn’t do a lot of weight training; I was just playing and practicing,” Godoyo said. “Now, I do a lot more weight training and strengthening my legs and my knee specifically. It hasn’t hurt me as much.”
Another benefit she detailed was the ability to focus on one sport instead of high school, when she played volleyball and basketball on top of softball.
“It’s definitely a big difference (to focus on one sport as opposed to three in high school),” Godoyo said.
While Godoyo has two more years left of college softball, she doesn’t see her career extending beyond that, citing a possible interest in coaching.
“I am going to SLU for two years because I want to be a physician's assistant, but as far as softball, no (I don’t have any plans after college),” Godoyo said. “I think it would be really awesome to coach one day, but I have to focus on school first.”