My name is Susan Shobeiri, and I am a part of the class of 2022 at McLean High School. I have absolutely fallen in love with the sport of soccer and my position as a starting goalkeeper, but I didn’t always appreciate it. When I first started played recreational soccer when I was eight, my mom had to drag me to practice kicking and screaming! After a month, I quickly realized that the sport is 100 percent for me. I switched to travel soccer, and was forced into goal after my goalkeeper was sick. It was scary at first, but it quickly became apparent that the position was made for me. I’m brave, a leader, and will do anything it takes to keep the ball out of the net. I have excellent positioning, and while I may not be the tallest goalkeeper, I am always in the right position to make even the most difficult saves.
On the field, I forget everything happening in my life and focus on the game. This has allowed me to play at a high level. Last year, I played with the Washington Spirit- Virginia Development Academy. I was born in December 2003, and originally played on the U17 team. My coaches decided to move me up to the U19 team, where I was able to play at an incredibly high pace and faced difficult shots. I started every game with the U19s. Besides the Spirit, I traveled to France with the 2002 Virginia ODP team in March 2018. Although I have been put in positions where I am much younger and don’t know players, my bravery allows me to adapt and control the situation. I must work very hard to compete with players so much older than me, but I have an excellent work ethic that makes it possible to improve and rise to the level of those around me. This year, Washington Spirit-VA became Metro United DA, and I am starting for the U17s.
While soccer takes up a majority of my time, I have constantly maintained a high level of academic excellence. I have a 4.2 GPA, take all Honors and AP courses available, and was on the Honor Roll in 7th and 8th grade. I was also a part of the National Junior Honor Society. I am the committee advisor of the Girls' Leadership Committee at my school. I am unsure about what major I wish to pursue, but am actively searching for opportunities that would lead to a job in law or criminal justice.
It has been a dream of mine to play college soccer for several years. I believe that my bravery, leadership skills, academic excellence, work ethic and positioning skills would make me an exemplary addition to any team.