For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to play soccer. Whether it was as a toddler watching my big sister play or whether it was me on the pitch at 4, I felt I was at home. Being that I was never the fastest or strongest, I learned that I could succeed by out-thinking and out-hustling my opponent. Those skills served me well as I was invited to play on our local Comp team, which was made up of players two years older than I was. I thrived because I chose to be a student of the game, covering any position that the team needed, including goalie.
I've been blessed to have awesome coaches who stressed the importance of defense and building from the back. That mindset had me focus on providing lock-down defense and being able to quickly transition from defense to attacking. That's when I discovered my sweet-spot of being a defensive/holding midfielder. By owning the middle, assisting teammates during transition and stretching the field, our teams became successful.
As I approach the end of my high school and club years, I find I am as passionate about the game as I was at 4. I will carry this passion forward, finding the right college program where I can continue being a student of the game, build out my technical and tactical skills and help my teammates, coaches and community thrive as we play this beautiful game.