When I first started playing team sports recreationally, I tried them all. All I knew was that I loved sports, but I didn’t have a favorite or even a frontrunner. After a few years of soccer, basketball, baseball, and football, I began to gravitate towards soccer. I realized my passion for soccer, and it became apparent that my skill set was best suited for the sport. Once I made this realization and committed to soccer, I pushed myself to make the best travel team I could. Through playing soccer I have learned that I am willing to work hard for things I want, and that I enjoy being a part of the the team’s success. I have learned about being a leader on and off the field, and practiced communication skills with my teammates and coaches.
Soccer has helped me to grow as a person and a strategic player. In my years of playing, I have enjoyed reaching my full athletic potential as I continue to work towards the goals that my coaches and I have set for myself. As a leader of the back line, I help direct my teammates to be in the best possible position on the field. To do this, I must be able to clearly envision the field and anticipate the upcoming plays. Through my ability to see the entire field I am also able to precisely and accurately make passes both short and long.
While soccer is my passion, I realize the importance of academic success for my future. Academically, I would like to graduate high school in the top 20% of my class and continue to perfect my study habits to succeed in college. After graduating high school, I hope to go to a college where I am challenged both academically and athletically. Soccer has taught me to work hard not only in the classroom, but also as a referee. Through refereeing I have learned key social skills in talking to parents, coaches, and other referees that will benefit me in future endeavors. Soccer has shaped my life and I would like to continue playing and learning through my college years.