Lambert will join her older sister Dora Lambert who plays for Millsap College in Jackson, Mississippi.
“Coach Vann (Paul Van Hooydonk), the head coach at Millsap first saw me when I was in the ninth grade when he was recruiting my sister,” Lambert said. “He saw me play then and really haven’t seen me since. He remembers me from then. I really started talking to him this year. It is not an athletic scholarship; it is academic because it is a Division III school.”
Lambert said she is elated about playing on the opposite side as her sister next fall.
“I am really excited to be playing with my sister,” Lambert said. “I’ll be playing on the other side of the field, because I am pretty sure she is not going to let me have her starting position.”
Sylacauga head coach Mike Robinson is thrilled about Lambert playing on the next level.
“It is exciting not only for Corissa and her family, but for the high school and the city of Sylacauga,” Robinson said. “We have another player representing the school system. Corrisa was one of the only seventh graders to play varsity soccer. We haven’t had too many and obviously you can see you have to be a pretty strong player to compete as a seventh grader with seniors. Obviously, to play at the collegiate level you have to a lot of skill and heart. You also have to have a good work ethic and that is something Corissa definitely has on and off the field. She is now begin rewarded for it by playing at the next level.”
Robinson said Lambert is a player that can do it all on the soccer field.
“Corissa for me as a high school player is a utility player,” Robinson said. “She can play anywhere I put her and this year especially I needed her everywhere. She has played up top as a striker to score some goals; she has played center mid and outside mid for me. Now that I lost my middle defender, she has taken that role. Last year as a junior we gave her the award called ‘The Utility Player of the Year’ because a lot players get locked into one position and are only comfortable in that one position where Corissa can truly play anywhere on the field and excel at it.”
Lambert said she has had the goal of playing soccer on the collegiate level since she was in middle school.
“I always wanted to play soccer on the next level,” Lambert said. “I have only been playing since I was in the seventh grade. I started seriously playing when I got to high school.”
Lambert’s has played for Ken Headley Club team twice over the last four years. In her first season with the Vestavia Attack, the team won the state championship and advanced to the Regional Tournament in Oklahoma. Headley believes Lambert has what it takes to be a success at Millsaps
“They are going to get a hard working, speedy outside mid fielder that is really smart,” Williams said. “Soccer coaches will get two kinds of players: they will get the big, strong solid girls and they will get the fast short girls. Corrissa is among the shorter girls in the game, so she will do really well.”