College soccer star Ally Sidloski has been identified as the victim of a drowning accident at East Fork State Park in Ohio.
The University of Cincinnati, where Sidloski was a standout student and athlete, confirmed the devastating news on Monday.
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She was 21.
"I am absolutely crushed for the Sidloski Family, our soccer team and the University," 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.”
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed that Sidloski’s body was recovered early on Sunday morning at the William H. Harsha Lake, which sits just east of Cincinnati.
Sidloski was reportedly hanging off a swimming platform attached to a boat when she fell into the lake.
Officials said she was not wearing a life jacket at the time.
Sidloski did not play for the Bearcats last season due to injury.
She 'redshirted' as a freshman in 2018, and then earned Academic All-ACC honours in 2019 after completing multiple semesters with a 4.0 GPA.
"Our Bearcats family has suffered an extreme loss," Cincinnati athletic director John Cunningham said.
"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 Sidloskis and members of our soccer team as they grieve the loss of their daughter, sister, teammate and friend."
Family devastated over Ally Sidloski's death
Sidloski's father David and sister Katie also played soccer at the collegiate level.
David played for Cleveland State University, while Katie played for Indiana State University and Cleveland State.
Mother Tracie paid tribute to her 'sweet Angel' on a GoFundMe page.
“Our Angel Ally touched the lives of so many people,” Tracie said.
“We would like to help her legacy live on by creating scholarships in her name.
“Ally was an avid soccer player for the city of Strongsville, Strongsville High School, Cleveland Futbol Club and the University of Cincinnati.
“Ally was named a TopCat scholar in multiple semesters for obtaining a 4.0 GPA.
“But most importantly, Ally was a loving granddaughter, daughter, sister, cousin and friend. “As she stated herself, ‘Life is about the people who come together to support you and love you through it all."
We are absolutely heartbroken to hear the news of the passing of one of our fellow Bearcats Ally Sidloski. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her teammates and all of Bearcat nation. Fly high Ally. 🖤 #WePlayFor3 pic.twitter.com/4qWDlJ0Ytb
— Barstool Cincinnati (@UCBarstool) May 23, 2021
We are saddened by the tragic loss of @GoBearcatsWSOC student-athlete Ally Sidloski. Our thoughts are with the Sidloski family, the Bearcats soccer community, and all who knew Ally.
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— Cincinnati Bearcats (@GoBEARCATS) May 23, 2021
Not only have we felt the darkness of tragedy but the Light of Love, Empathy & Compassion. 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. pic.twitter.com/ZvB0B7NHe9
— Neil Stafford (@UCGaffer) May 24, 2021
No words available to express our sorrow & condolences to the Sidloski family, whose oldest daughter Katie is part of our Viking family. This great ⚽️ community provides us all so many great relationships & connections, & Ally is a light that touched so many. #WePlayFor3 ❤️💚❤️ https://t.co/SFPZl4F869
— CSU Women’s Soccer (@CSU_WomenSoccer) May 24, 2021
The entire Ohio soccer family mourns the loss of Ally Sidloski. Our hearts and prayers are with Dave, Tracie, Katie & Coley as well as University of Cincinnati women’s soccer, Strongsville HS girl’s soccer, Cleveland Futbol Club & Cleveland State women’s soccer❤️🙏🏻⚽️#WePlayFor3 pic.twitter.com/mcKG8KH2el
— Ohio State WSOC (@OhioStateWSOC) May 25, 2021
Terribly saddened to learn of Ally Sidloski’s passing. My prayers go out to her family, friends, teammates and all of UC 💔 pic.twitter.com/WjcAdReCMK
— Coach Christi, DNP, ENP, CCRN. 👩🏾⚕️🥎 (@SnapMyAd) May 24, 2021
I am devastated at the news of Ally's tragic passing. I've known Dave for nearly a decade, having coached with and against him. The Sidloski Family is TOP CLASS on and off the field. My families thoughts and prayers go out to Dave, Tracie, Katie and Coley. #WePlayFor3 pic.twitter.com/fYEJACjIYd
— John Bena (@CoachJohnBena) May 24, 2021
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