Alyssa Kuntz wanted to stay close to home. Sophia Boris wanted to "start a new journey." 

The two standouts from the Stow-Munroe Falls girls soccer teams took the first step on those divergent paths Friday.

Kuntz and Boris each signed national letter of intent to continue their academic and soccer careers Friday, as they chose two very different NCAA Division II colleges.

Kuntz will play within an hour of Stow, as she signed with Notre Dame College in South Euclid. Meanwhile, Boris signed with Palm Beach Atlantic University, which is located in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Kuntz carries a 4.0 grade-point average at Stow and plans to major in nursing and minor in Spanish at NDC. She said the school’s proximity to home and the major hospitals in the Cleveland area were big attractions.

"I love the area," Kuntz said. "I’m majoring in nursing  and there’s a lot of hospitals in Cleveland, which could help. I didn’t want to go far from home."

Kuntz said NDC offered her scholarship, which helped her pick NDC over Lake Erie College and Walsh University. She will play in a forward or offensive midfield role for the Falcons.

Meanwhile, Boris might become the first Stow-Munroe Falls graduate ever to attend Palm Beach Atlantic.

"I wanted to start a new journey in my life," Boris said. "I felt really welcomed by the team. My grandma lives about 20 minutes from the campus."

Boris chose PBA over Wright State University and Tiffin Univesity. She will likely play in the midfield for the Sailfish.

Boris carries a 3.9 grade-point average at Stow and will major in biology.

Reporter Michael Leonard can be reached at 330-541-9442, mleonard@recordpub.com or @MLeonard_RPC