It all started with one day in kindergarten. The teacher was handing out all of the usual handouts that she received in her mailbox to give us. I normally threw away most of the because they were all for things that I wasn't interested in like normal summer camps. But on this day one paper caught my eye. It was a half sheet piece that had the logo of AYSO on it. Once I saw the soccer ball next to it I knew that I wasn’t gonna just throw it away. Instead I took it home and like any other 5 year old that wanted something I sat there and bugged my mom to sign me up. Well all the bugging paid off when she finally agreed to sign me up.
My mom always shares the story of my first game. It was a normal day not to cold not to warm. The only thing my mom said she thought was that the first time I got kicked that I would run off the field and cry the whole time. Well she was wrong. The first time I was kicked, the ball and everybody else was going one way but the boy that kicked me and myself were running the opposite direction. I was chasing him down for kicking me. Once I got older I dealt with the pain and I didn’t always try to get revenge on them.
When I was about 10 I told myself that this is what I want to do with my life. So once I turned 12 me and my mom decided that it was time for me to find a club to play with. I didn’t go for our local club because there were already a lot of girls there that I knew and I kinda wanted to go off and meet a completely new team and play. So I choose the second closest club. That would be Greencastle United Soccer Club. My first season there went bad. We lost all of our games and we only scored 3 goals (all scored by me). I was also given my first and only red card so I served my 2 game suspension and I came back at our last game of the season. That season certainly wasn’t my best but I was also chosen to be a part of a very new team where most players were new to the game and most of them didn’t continue playing.
After that season I was put onto a higher aged team. Most of my teammates from the previous season were put onto the same team, but we did have a mostly different team. We were in division three, and we dominated the whole way throughout the season. We ended up winning first in the division. Since then our coach bumped us up a division every season and somehow we always managed to take home 2nd in the division everyone else was proud but I don’t want to settle for 2nd place.
This past fall Season was my freshman year of high school the first time I've played for my school. I was chosen as a starter striker on the Jv team. But as the season progress a lot of our players were getting injured so they had to push me back. I became starting center mid. Which for my club team I was always starting striker or center mid. Then they put me in outside mid, but then i was put in a position I've never had much experience in. That was outside right back. My first game playing in that position I gave the other team a PK. Lucky for me they had there goalie take it and she smashed that ball way to wide. As the games progressed I had no idea what I was doing back on defense but I asked our coach and she just told me to keep on doing what i was doing. Then it got to the point that I was eager to score and they saw that so me and another teammate who was playing outside mid keep on switching as I took it up the field and either shot or crossed . I'm still not one hundred percent in the defensive position. My ideal is striker or center mid but i'm working on the defensive part because I know I’m a transitional player so I need to keep up the work on all positions.
I am recently still playing on my GUSC team this spring hoping to bring home that first place spot. I believe that the reason I've came so far was my coach. My second season of soccer I had the same coach I do now but in AYSO. After my second season I hadn't seen him at all until my second season with club. He's helped me learn my spot on the field and on the team. I am so excited to see what he has for us coming up in the spring. I'm even more excited for the next 4 years of my life (graduating high school and going to college). I soon hope to take classes and become a youth ref so I can get a look at the game from another perspective.
I’ve always been fun, and hard working. I know when to draw the line between focus and fun. I wish to become a captain figure on a team. My goal is to succeed in soccer and make that my career. After soccer I hope to be involved in sports management or K-9 Police dog training. I've always looked up to figures like Abby Wambach and Tobin Heath.