Kyla Manning

The Nicholls soccer team didn't play a match on Wednesday.

But that didn't stop them from getting a huge victory – a local victory, at that.

Central Lafourche soccer standout Kyla Manning announced that she's verbally committed to continue her career with the Colonels - a huge get for first-year coach Danny Free and staff.

"I'm very proud to announce I will be continuing to play the sport that I love at NSU!" Manning wrote on her Facebook page. "Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the years and a thank you to all my coaches, mentors and teammates for helping me grow as a player. Lastly, HUGE thank you to Coach Danny for giving me this opportunity. Geaux Colonels!"

Manning, a senior, has one prep season left to play.

She's been part of the fabric of a Central Lafourche High School girls' soccer team that's ascended to local powerhouse status, making two-straight deep playoff runs.

Manning is a defender on the pitch - an elite-level player because of her lateral quickness, but also her size and stamina.

She chose the Colonels over interest from other schools.

Nicholls soccer is currently 2-0-1 on the season – Free's inaugural one with the team.

Manning said she couldn't pass up the opportunity to play 15 minutes down the road from where she goes to high school.

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Casey Gisclair is the Sports Editor at Rushing Media. A native of Cut Off and graduate of Louisiana State University, Casey is a lifelong sports fan who joined the Houma Times team in Dec. 2009 upon college graduation.

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