Ally Sidloski, a 21-year-old Cincinnati soccer player, drowned Saturday during a weekend boat excursion. The dedicated athlete and student drowned in East Fork Lake in Clermont County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Sidloski was reportedly gripping a swim platform attached to a boat when she slipped under water. The University of Cincinnati soccer player was not wearing a life vest at the time and did not resurface after falling into the water.
Recovery efforts continued into Saturday night, but her body wasn’t discovered until 1 a.m. Sunday morning. The loss of the outstanding soccer player was mourned by her family, friends, and fellow Bearcats at the University of Cincinnati.
“I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team, and the University,” UC soccer head coach, Neil Stafford, said in a statement.
“There’s no words for dealing with a tragedy on this scale. 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.”
Ally Sidloski recently played in her second season as a Bearcat, starting back in 2018 but taking a break due to an injury in the 2020 season. Neil Stafford, who worked with Sidloski throughout her college soccer career, acknowledged the tragedy on Twitter.
“Not only have we felt the darkness of tragedy but the Light of Love, Empathy & Compassion,” Stafford said in his post. “I’m moved by the Grace & Strength of the Sidloski Family & the Resiliency of our @GoBEARCATS. Family. Ally Sid was a beautiful, extraordinary woman, the emotions of so many proved that today.”
The head coach also switched his profile picture on the social media platform. The picture is now the late athlete. Ally Sidloski was known for more than her wicked soccer skills on the field. She was also known for her intelligence and stellar grades. She was awarded TopCat Scholar-Athlete multiple semesters during her time at UC, earning a 4.0 GPA while continuing to train at the University of Cincinnati standard.
John Cunningham, UC’s Director of Athletics, expressed his sorrow at the loss. “Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss. 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. Please respect the privacy of the Sidloski’s and members of our soccer team as they grieve the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate, and friend.”
On Twitter, the Cincinnati Bearcats said that they were “saddened by the tragic loss” and that their “thoughts are with the Sidloski family, the Bearcats soccer community, and all who knew Ally.”
As a freshman, Sidloski redshirted for the Bearcats, finally appearing in two 2019 games, which included her debut game against East Carolina and the team’s AAC Tournament opener. During the tournament, the Bearcats competed against SMU.
Her soccer family, as well as her parents, David and Tracie, and two sisters, Katie and Nicole, are mourning the loss of the incredible soccer star.