With tears streaming down my face and a death grip on my dad's hand, I began my soccer career. At three years old, he was my coach and used every trick in the book to try and get me to play. It took awhile, but finally I realized that it was difficult to dribble, defend, or score from the sideline. Once I found my spot on the field, I haven't left. In my 11 years of playing, my coaches have helped me to mature, train, build confidence and improve my game in the sport I love most. Soccer has given me amazing opportunities like competing at high levels against the best teams in the country, traveling to places I never thought I'd visit at my age, and challenging me to consistently work my hardest to earn my spot on the field. Soccer has made me driven and competitive both on and off the field.
It has helped me realize that I can balance my challenging course load, and also work hard to earn a starting spot on the varisty team at my high school. It has also showed me that I need to be physically and mentally strong which is why I swim competitively in the summer and winter to help cross train and stay in shape. It has taught me that I always need to reflect on my game and constantly try to improve, most recently by focusing on the speed of play in the game and my first touch.
Soccer has helped mold me into the competive person that I am today. I have I have learned who I am through this sport by playing it and learning the game.