Although I have played soccer most of my entire life, my dream to play college soccer became my focal point when I started high school. My weekends and most of my free time has become occupied by soccer with year-round teams and trainings. Whether I am riding my bike half an hour to play at the fields closest to me or running on my treadmill and doing speed, agility, and strength exercises in my closed garage to keep in shape, I have always strived to be my best. I push myself to be the best player I can be by working hard and always doing the extra and little things that most players do not. This is the person, player, and teammate that I am.
Being the captain of my team, I not only have to push myself hard, but also have to make certain my teammates are the best they can be. My teammates trust me as a leader and as a player. They will listen to me, which helps us to play as a unit and to win as often as we do. On the field I hold myself to the highest standards because I know that there is a team relying on my leadership and my play.
I not only have high standards for myself on the field, but also in the classroom. Knowing that a college athlete must be an outstanding student, I have kept all A’s throughout middle and high school. I push myself in my schoolwork by taking an extremely rigorous courseload and working hard to maintain good grades in these classes. College soccer will fuel my college life, but academics and athletic diligence will fuel my life beyond college.
I currently play for an extremely competitive club team that has competed at the highest level of soccer for many years now. We travel throughout the country to play in the country’s top tournaments and competitions. I also do lots on my own such as attending ID camps and other events to play against tougher competition and test my skills.
In the game, I rely on many attributes to help me make plays. The most important of my skills are my speed, size, quickness, awareness and knowledge of the game. These key aspects of my game help me to win balls, go into tackles strong while coming out victorious, stop fastbreaks, play long balls, and make extremely quick decisions with and without the ball. I have all the key components necessary to thrive at the position of center back at the college level.
I would be a valuable asset to any team because of my work ethic, leadership, and my love for the game of soccer.