Playing soccer has been one of the most important parts of my life and its significance to me continues to grow. Living in a small valley, I don’t get the advantages and opportunities that many players in the bigger cities receive, which is why I accept every chance I get to play soccer. All ECNL and DA programs take place at least three hours away from where I live, therefore countless hours are spent in my room mastering my skills because I am required to work twice as hard to stand out as a player from a small town. Training independently has been crucial for me to enhance my play. Even though it is sometimes hard to find the drive to do it on my own, I have grown to be a better player and person because of it. And as a result, I’ve learned how hard work pays off. For example, I started every game for one of the top U19 club teams in Western Colorado and every high school game and I was the only freshmen selected for my high school’s varsity team. I have devoted much of my time to this beautiful game and I am looking to continue doing so in the future.
While not playing soccer, you could probably find me on the basketball court or running somewhere through town or on the track, as I am already the top female distance runner at my school with a 5k personal best of 17:58. In the summer seasons, I compete in both track and soccer. Last summer, I was so incredibly thankful to compete and finish in 11th place with a 3000m time of 10:57 and a 1500m time of 5:17 at the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships. Also, I finished 5th at the Colorado 4A State Cross Country Championships.
My academics are just as important as my athletics. Balancing life as a multi-sport student-athlete in high school has been challenging, but I demand excellence from myself all around. While I have only been in high school for one full year, I have earned a 4.0 GPA and become 3rd in my class. I hope to find a program that challenges me both athletically and academically and I know with my determination and passion to be the best at everything I do, I have the talent, mindset, and attitude to succeed at a college level.