Looking ahead to my senior season, I hope to build on my previous successes and elevate my team to the next level. Most of the varsity team from last year graduated, essentially leaving us with a new team again like my sophomore year. With a young team, I will be taking a leadership role and will be a co-captain for the upcoming year. Despite being young, we have some pieces around the field and it will be up to me to get the best out of the team. I’ll be playing as an attacking midfielder for the second year in a row. I usually play outside back with my club so the move up the pitch was a challenge. I took it on and used the opportunity to develop my offensive skills to add to my attacking capabilities for when I returned to my club.
Losing my spring club season, summer ID camps, and summer high school training was not something I expected to go through, but I’m glad I was able to benefit from the winter season. I got the chance to also play with my club’s 01 team as well as my 02 team for a few showcases. It was a great experience as it allowed me to play against tougher competition and gave me more opportunities to test myself. One of my favorite events during the winter was the Disney Showcase, as we got the chance to play other top teams around the nation and it was a great bonding experience.
Along with high school and club, I also participated in the Olympic Development Program (ODP). Looking back on my ODP career, I will remember the many places it enabled me to travel to, and the friendships I made with teammates from around Indiana. ODP helped me transition into a better defender, as I went up against better competition. It also helped my composure on the ball, since I was asked to create from the back. ODP gave me a different view of the game because the different coaches I worked with had many varying ideas and tips.
I challenge myself in school by taking all the honors and AP classes that are available to me. I am also involved in other activities outside of soccer, including Science Olympiad, Best Buddies, and Unified Track. I have been involved with Science Olympiad since 7th grade, and I have been in Best Buddies and Unified Track since I was a freshman.