When I joined my local soccer academy, after playing recreation soccer, I was a Center Back. I loved playing Center Back. This was during a time when my team had no set keeper, like many young teams. As we were all taking our fair-time in between the sticks, I quickly realized this was my home on the field.
I have been told I’m a natural athlete and have great hand-control but I wasn’t born with the technical skills of a goalkeeper. Throughout my soccer career, there have been girls in front of me that I have needed to beat out. If I didn’t make the team or start the game, a fire was lit beneath me. I have always worked for what I have gotten. Nothing has been given. I have fought, trained, and worked on my technique consistently. I have learned not only to take coaching and criticism but really listen and apply what I have been told. That’s what makes me coach-able.
As a young keeper, the first time the fire was lit, was when I had to share time with another keeper. That year I flourished, I grew stronger mentally, physically, and technically. Having someone on your heels, as well as fighting for the same position has always given me the inspiration to improve upon my skills. This was also the year I decided that I wanted to play college soccer; ever since then I’ve been training harder and trying to get on the best team, with the best exposure to college coaches. That has led me to where I am today, the best team in Utah, playing for the best coaches, getting the best exposure, and training with the top trainers.