Making varsity my freshman year was amazing. Seeing that I had followed the footsteps of my older brother and sister made me feel accomplished. I had always set high standards for myself, so seeing the hard work and time I put in to my training pay off felt amazing. This was not the event that taught me the most, though. I feel as if the district championship my freshman year taught me more than the next 2 years years ever have. I was playing center midfield, and my team was losing. The score was 2-1 and we wanted it very badly. The time dwindled down until the last ten seconds. The ball was passed to me from my teammate, and I took a touch and shot. The ball didn't make it to the back of the net. Instead, it was in the keepers hands. The ref blew the whistle, signaling our team's defeat. I felt so terrible and blamed myself for us losing the game. My team quickly picked me up, even in their time of defeat. They taught me that as long as I left my heart on the field, there was nothing to be upset about. I left everything on the field. They taught me not only what a team should be like, but how a teammate shouldn't only be a teammate, but also a friend. Since then, I make sure to make everyone feel accomplished, just as I had felt the moment I saw Varsity circled on my sheet freshman year. A team isn't a team, it is a family.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing program that not only could described themselves as a team, but a family. They taught me the value of teamwork, commitment, perseverance, and leadership, even without a district title. I look forward to finding this in college. I aim to look for a program that will be a good fit for me both on the field and in the classroom. I believe I not only have the talent to compete at the collegiate level, but the character, leadership skills, and strong work-ethic to make a positive effect on your program. As a passionate, All-Academic, All-Conference, All-Regional player, I know that I have what it takes to be a leader on your team.