Once H.L. Bourgeois High School soccer player Madison Robichaux received a little jolt toward playing college soccer, she took it from there and is now headed to Nicholls State University to join the Colonels in the fall.

“When I started playing soccer my freshman year at H.L. Bourgeois with my cousin Faylee Sokolowski, I really developed a love for it,” Robichaux said. “My sophomore year Shaun Savoie, he was a parent volunteer and called me his second daughter, was really hard on me. When I saw I could be pushed further than I had ever been pushed before, it made me realize I could go as far as I want in the sport.”

Robichaux, a first-team all-district player who racked up 28 goals last season and signed with the Colonels on Wednesday in Gray, was a two-year captain for the Lady Braves and played wing and forward.

“Throughout the years, I just kept working hard and pushing myself past my limits and it just led me to last year when I ended the season scoring 28 goals,” Robichaux said. “My dad put together a highlight tape and told (Lady Braves coach Jacob Champagne) I was interested in playing at the next level and he reached out to the Nicholls coach (Mac McBride) and sure enough they were interested.”

She said she is still having a hard time believing she is indeed headed to play in college at Nicholls.

“Never in a million years would I have ever thought this would happen,” Robichaux said. “Given this opportunity I am thrilled. It’s so unexpected. I am ready to start this new chapter of my life.”

Champagne said as long as Robichaux was on the field, the Lady Braves, who finished 8-11-6 overall and one spot out of the Division I playoffs, had a chance.

“We play in a really tough district (5-I) and with her scoring she always kept us in those big matches,” Champagne said. “Her goal was always to play on the next level and we always told her she had the talent to do it. For her to get the opportunity to do it locally is really exciting. She is a great kid and she always came to practice and always worked hard on the field and in the classroom. I think if she keeps doing that she will continue to be successful.”

The Nicholls soccer team is coming off a season in which it went 6-11-1 overall and 3-7-1 in the Southland Conference. Robichaux said she is anxious to join the Colonels.

“I really want to thank Coach Mac and (Nicholls assistant coach Danny Free) for believing in me and giving me this opportunity,” Robichaux said. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and I would have never pictured myself being here.”