Former Zionsville player who died at IU honored at soccer game

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ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A soccer star’s jersey was retired on Monday night. Rachael Fiege’s number 14 will never be worn again.

The soccer standout died during her first week of college at Indiana University last year.

Police say alcohol was involved when she fell down a flight of stairs. Her friends didn’t realize she was gone until she didn’t wake up the next morning.

A ceremony honored the former player at Zionsville High School on Monday. She was the first athlete inducted into the school’s hall of fame and the first Lady Eagle at Zionsville to have her jersey retired.

During half-time at the game between Zionsville and Brebeuf, there was a touching tribute. Rachael’s soccer coach spoke and her family was honored.

“A lot of emotions I’ll tell you. You know, coming back here brings back the memories of spending so many hours out here on this field. The camaraderie of the team and the parents and the wonderful spirit that Zionsville soccer has and Brebeuf soccer for that matter,” said Rachael’s mother Angi.

It was definitely a bittersweet night for Rachel’s family. The Fieges were presented with a framed pink number 14 jersey. Rachael was an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

Rachael’s mom Angi says it was great to see all Rachael’s friends, she calls them her adopted daughters. One thing Rachael’s parents are hoping this induction will do is to increase safety awareness among freshman. They want to help the young students recognize dangerous situations and know how to get help.

 

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