My name is Rachel Bonnin and I am a member of the class of 2023. I am known as a fierce competitor, with a strong work ethic, exceptional speed, the ability to see the field and make quick decisions, the ability to take on defenders 1 v 1, and the ability to finish. I give my coaches and teammates everything I have at practices and in matches and have earned the respect of both. I ama proven leader on and off the field. I am a team player, always looking for ways to help my teammates. I believe an assist is just as important as a goal, but when the game is on the line, I want the ball on my foot because I want to take the shot. Some people may see soccer as only a sport, but I see it as a way of life. Soccer has taught me more essential life skills than anything else. It has taught me that I should never settle for anything less than my best, that without a good mentality or outlook I’ll end up bringing myself down as well as others around me, that the people I surround myself with matters, but most importantly that I have to lead by example. That’s what I think sets me apart from other players, my ability to lead fellow players by practicing what I’m preaching to them.
My goal is to play college soccer while pursuing my degree and eventually becoming a Physical Therapist when my playing career is over. I am looking for a college program that will help me continue to develop as a soccer player as well as a program that will help me to develop and challenge me academically, and as a person. I am also looking for a program that I can help chase their goals of Conference Championships and National Titles.
Since beginning club soccer in 2015 I have had the opportunity to train with and play for several College Coaches. This experience has been a tremendous blessing and has helped shaped me as a player. My North Texas Olympic Development Team experience and now playing in the ECNL Regional League continue to push me as a player and a person.
My parents tell me 2 things before every match. “Play Big” and “Make Your Presence Known.” I want to “Play Big.” My Dad reminds me to trust my skill, trust my training, and just to play like I am capable of playing. Every time I’m on the field I want to make my presence known. I want to be the kind of player that makes my teammates play with more confidence and more fire because they know I’m going to give them everything I’ve got and I want every player on the other team to take a deep breath because they know their job just got a little tougher.
Thank you for taking the time to find out a little about me.
Playing Big and Making My Presence Known,
Class of 2023