Senior Spotlight: Regan Ott and Chloe Schlines

William Anderson, Sports Writer

Regan Ott is a senior goalkeeper for the Wayne State College Women’s Soccer team double majoring in applied human/sports physiology and psychology.  

Throughout her career, Ott has excelled not only on the soccer field but in the classroom. She has accrued multiple Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Academic Excellence team selections for her academic work. 

However, athletics runs deep in the Ott family. Regan’s father Alexander played semiprofessional soccer for many years in California alongside her mother Lisa who was a competitive swimmer.  

“I give my mom credit for instilling that drive and ambition to do big things in me,” Ott said.  

She isn’t the only sibling playing collegiate soccer. Her younger brother is a goalkeeper at Division 1 Longwood State University in Farmville, Virginia. 

As noted above, Ott and her family have been involved with the sport for a while. She first started playing youth soccer at the age of seven and played for several years until high school where she made the jump to being a goalkeeper. She played high school soccer in Fresno, California, starting each year and earning letters all four years at Immanuel High School.  

“I had to put in a lot of extra work in becoming a goalkeeper and getting to a higher level,” Ott said. 

Ott was recruited by WSC while she was at camp in Minnesota. 

“I had to go out and find opportunities,” Ott said. “I went to a camp in Minnesota and a coach from Wayne happened to be there and offered me a chance to come and play.”  

She cited her brother being a profound influence on her way to becoming the goalkeeper she is today training with her often in high school. Some of her favorite memories in soccer at Wayne include waking up for the 6 a.m. practices, road trips and having a second family.  

“When I first came to Wayne my family had just moved to Texas, so I had a California ID, Texas license plate and was in a new environment,” Ott said. “Not only was this a good Ice breaker for all my new classes the team became my family away from home.”  

When she is back home in Texas, Ott plays for Fort Worth South Stars in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. 

Chloe Schlines is a defender from Council Bluffs, Iowa. Before her time here at WSC she was a graduate of Lewis Central High School where she competed in varsity bowling and soccer. In soccer, her team had three undefeated conference seasons in a row en route to three Iowa State Soccer Championships as well as playing for Sporting Omaha at the club level.  

She was recruited by former soccer head coach Joe Cleary who spent six total years at WSC and four years as program head coach.  

“He emailed me about coming to play in Wayne after my team and I had won state,” Schlines said. 

In her four years here she has competed in 38 total games and scored one goal. Academically, Schlines is a criminal justice major earning NSIC All Academic Excellence Honors in 2020. She plans to return for a fifth year to pursue a master’s degree in criminal justice. 

Her favorite memory from soccer at Wayne is last year’s overtime victory at Upper Iowa. Outside of soccer, Chloe enjoys golfing, bowling and watching movies.  

WSC’s next two games are at home Friday, Sept. 30 against Southwest Minnesota State at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. against Sioux Falls.