The University of Cincinnati was struck by tragedy recently as a student was found drowned in an Ohio state park. 21-year-old Allyson “Ally” Sidloski of Strongsville, Ohio, was a soccer player for the Bearcats and was one of the university’s brightest students.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) reported that Sidloski was seen swaying from the platform of a boat in a lake in the East Fork State Park in Bethel, Ohio. Her body was seen disappearing into the water on the 22nd of May, and she was recovered by search crews at 1 A.M. the following day. She was found without a life jacket.
The announcement led to an outpour of grief from the University of Cincinnati. She had recently completed her sophomore season for the university’s soccer team, having missed the 2020 season due to injury.
“I am crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team, and the University,” said Neil Stafford, head coach of UC’s soccer team in the university’s statement. “There’s no words for dealing with a tragedy on this scale.”
Stafford went on, “Ally was such a pillar of everything that’s right about our program. A great student, gritty and resilient player, and a phenomenal human being — this is an immeasurable and unspeakable loss. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, and we will lift them up with our fond memories of Ally.”
Sidolski was a TopCat scholar according to UC Soccer for her educational prowess, scoring a perfect 4.0 GPA in multiple semesters. She left behind her parents and two sisters. She was the third member of her family to have played soccer at the college level. Her father, David, played for the Cleveland State University, while her sister Katie played for Indiana State University and Cleveland State.
Sidloski’s mother, Tracie, started a GoFundMe fundraiser to start scholarships in her name.
“Our Angel Ally touched the lives of so many people,” Tracie wrote. “We would like to help her legacy live on by creating scholarships in her name.”
Allyson Sidloski’s University of Cincinnati family is expressing their grief over her loss.
“Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss,” spoke John Cunningham, Director of Athletics at the University of Cincinnati. “We send all our prayers, love, and support to the Sidloski family and will do everything we can to support them and our student-athletes as we all process and work through this tragedy.”
An investigation is currently ongoing in the matter, according to Ohio authorities, with all parties hopeful of finding the truth about the situation sooner rather than later.