C.B. Aycock's Jacob Sauls

C.B. Aycock’s Jacob Sauls, center, signs a letter of intent to play soccer at Barton College.

Charles B. Aycock senior Jacob Sauls recently signed to play soccer at Barton College, and according to Sauls, it’s been a long time coming.

“It feels great this is something I’ve been dreaming about for a while and it feels nice to finally get it on paper,” Saul said. “I’ve bee playing travel soccer in Wilson for the past two years and the head coach of my travel team was Ian McMichael (Barton’s head soccer coach) and my first year there I thought it’d be cool develop a relationship with him and fast forward two years I’m signing a letter of intent to play at Barton.

“It’s been a long process, but this is something I’ve been looking forward to.”

Sauls familiarity with Barton’s system will enable him to make an immediate impact on the soccer pitch for the Bulldogs, who finished with an 8-7-1 overall record on the soccer pitch last season. Sauls said he likes being close to home and the environment at Barton

“I’ve been around the team a lot, went to camps and made a lot of good friends there,” Saul said. “I also really like the environment and attitude of the squad.”

The midfielder helped lead the Golden Falcons to 12-8-2 record last season and an appearance in the NCHSAA 3-A state playoffs. Sauls plans on majoring in psychology and will always look back at his team in a Golden Falcons’ jersey.

“It’s been a wild ride, and it’s been great to be a part of this team,” Saul said. “We’ve had two other guys commit to college, so we’ve had a really successful squad these past four years. It’s something I’ll look back on with fond memories, and I was glad to be a part of it.”

Sauls, who has been playing soccer his life, but only started playing travel soccer recently, added he would continue to work hard and develop his game during his time in Wilson.

“I’m definitely going to have to work hard to catch up,” Sauls said.