A story from my freshman year describes me well as a player. During an important, late season game, one of the Senior captains was fouled in the penalty box. He immediately got up and pointed at me to take the penalty shot. I confidently slotted the ball into the goal’s lower left corner for the game’s winning goal and kept my High School’s play off hopes alive.
I believe my teammate’s confidence in me comes from my hard work on the field. When I have the ball, I can dribble or pass my way out of trouble and I rarely give it away. During play, I use my technical skill, communication and positive attitude to lift the team. I never put my head down. Instead, I work hard to fix whatever mistakes we’ve made.
As a younger club player I usually played up front. But as I’ve matured, my coaches have moved me farther back in the formation, initially to attacking center mid and now to holding mid. My vision and intelligence on the field are my most important assets and coaches have used those abilities to guide our attack and defense. Working to win the ball and start attacks are important parts of my game.
I don’t just perform well on the field. I work hard towards success in the classroom as well. I am so rigorous in my studies that I skipped sixth grade to receive additional challenge. Even with the extra difficulty, I held high honors every year of Middle School and so far in High School. I am a vocal presence in the classroom and on the field. I will work hard to continue that role at the next level of play.