CFCA - When did you start playing soccer and what do you remember most about that first season?
Kelsey - I started playing soccer when I was five years old. I don’t really remember much other than that we had green jerseys and were called the Green Dragons
CFCA - Tell us about your soccer career before CFC Academy and what led you to try out for select soccer?
Kelsey- I played rec at Camp Jordan when it was still Express. I played rec for a few years with my best friend ,and we both loved it, so when the opportunity came to move to the next level when we were seven and eight, we were both really excited about it and tried out without much thought.
CFCA - Sometimes in soccer, things do not go as planned. Think back to a setback in your soccer career. What did you learn about yourself through that experience?
Kelsey - At the beginning of my school season junior year, my coach asked me to play center back because we lost basically our entire back line. I had not played defense a day in my life before, so I was extremely worried. I was also upset because I loved playing center mid and had pretty much played it my whole life. With a lot of work and patience, I think I actually turned out to be a pretty decent defender. I learned that I was capable of doing more than I had always thought I could. When I was asked what position I played, I would always say center mid, but now I can comfortably say that I can play anywhere on the field, except for in the goal that is. This experience taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to, and that really helps in other aspects of life.
CFCA - What do you do outside of regular team training to improve your game?
Kelsey - My friends and I set up and play in some pickup games a few times a month, and then on days when I don’t have practice I run with my sister or by myself. O also try to always take practice seriously and thank my teammates for doing the same and making me better.
CFCA - Who were your CFC Academy coaches along the way?
Kelsey -Jeff Badger was my coach for five years, then Andy Wishart for four. For my final season I have Paul Babba as my coach. I have also been lucky enough to have my dad as an assistant on every team up until this year.
CFCA - How have the coaches at CFC Academy helped you?
Kelsey - My whole life has been soccer and school, so my coaches have played a big part in shaping me into who I am today. They showed me that I can be more than what I originally thought, and that is very important. My dad helping coach has been very difficult at times, but I would not trade it for anything.
CFCA - What are your proudest accomplishments so far in soccer?
Kelsey - My proudest accomplishments would be my sophomore season of high school ball in the state semifinal. We won 2-1, and I had a goal and an assist to help us move on to the state championship game. Also, after moving to defense, I was named to the all state team in high school my senior season as a defender. Finally, realizing my potential and being able to sign to play at Berry College was really exciting..
CFCA - Explain your recruiting and college selection process for a player who has never been through that.
Kelsey - At the end of my junior year , I had a few coaches contact me and ask me to visit their schools and play for them, but I didn’t really have any interest in the schools themselves. After I decided I was 100% sure I wanted to play in college, I emailed and contacted the coaches at the schools I was really interested in. I had some tryouts and was offered a few spots, but then I focused on which school I was more comfortable with, felt at home at, and would give me the best education. I chose to attend and play for Berry College because it has everything I am looking for.
Berry College is in Rome, Georgia and is an NCAA Div. 3 school.
CFCA - What was the biggest factor in making your college choice?
Kelsey - The biggest factor was the academics and making sure I was comfortable with the school, then it was soccer. I always knew I wanted to stay fairly close to home, so this opportunity will work out perfectly.
CFCA - When did you know you had potential to be a college soccer player?
Kelsey - I have always wanted to play college soccer and friends and family have always told me I am good enough, but I realized it myself at the beginning of the summer before my senior year when a particular coach kept calling me to come and visit after he had seen me at state with my CFC team.
CFCA - Do you know your area of study in college?
Kelsey - I am going to major in exercise science while minoring in business. As of right now, after that I will go to PT school.
CFCA - Is there anything else we did not ask that you think other CFCA players and parents should know?
Kelsey - My mom and dad always told me to play for myself and not for them and to have fun. I have seen many instances where parents take the fun out of it for their kids, so I would just say to let your child enjoy what they are doing and don't ruin it for them by taking it too seriously too early.
RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS:
CFCA - What do you like to do off the soccer field?
Kelsey - I really enjoy being able to sit down and read a book , but I also like do things outside like hike, so I sometimes combine the two.
CFCA - Favorite subject in school?
Kelsey - Out of the classes I am in, my favorite would be biochemistry, but out of all the classes I have taken, my favorite is anatomy
CFCA - Favorite food before practice?
Kelsey - Pasta
CFCA - Favorite pregame music?
Kelsey - Anything I know the words to
CFCA - Favorite soccer player?
Kelsey - Julie Johnston
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