Shawnee's Shannon Dennehey, The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' soccer player of the year, has made an oral commitment to attend the University of Louisville.

Dennehey said she chose Louisville over Winthrop and Western Carolina after making visits to all three schools.

"Louisville is in the Big East, and I wanted to play the best competition and I really liked the school," Dennehey said Saturday. "Plus, if I got hurt and couldn't play again, I would be happiest at Louisville."

Dennehey was a two-time Inquirer first-team all-South Jersey selection. This year she had 17 goals and nine assists for the Renegades, who went 16-7 and were ranked No. 3 in South Jersey by The Inquirer.

"What is also exciting is the Big East has schools that are near here, like Villanova and Rutgers, and my family will get to see some games," Dennehey said. "That was also important to me."

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducci@phillynews.com.