A Bigger Goal

After being a soccer player for 10 years, junior Kelsi Hoot has an even bigger goal in mind

Standing tall, Kelsi Hoot, 11, reflected on her time playing as a forward on the soccer field. “I’ve been able to learn that sometimes you’re not always the best and sometimes when your team is really depending, how to deal with all that pressure,” Hoot said.

She gasped for air as sweat dripped down her forehead, relieved that the absolute worst part of practice was over. While sprinting down the soccer field for the 30th time that practice, junior Kelsi Hoot heard her coach calling out, “Three! Two! One!” as she came barreling across the half field line.

“The worst part would be conditioning, without a doubt. At my high school we have to do these things called 60s and its where you have to sprint half the field in 12 seconds and then you have 15 seconds to jog back. Our coach makes us do 30 of them in a row. It’s the worst thing ever and you feel like a ton of bricks afterwards,” Hoot said.

Hoot started playing soccer when she was four years old, and is now on the varsity soccer team at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne Indiana. Hoot also plays travel soccer and futsal, a variation of indoor soccer played on a hard court with a smaller ball. She puts all her effort into the game, as she aspires to play for a division one team someday.

“Soccer has been one of the biggest impacts on my life. From the constant traveling to the everyday practice, it’s something that I can’t half participate in,” Hoot said.

Despite the hardships and dedication being a soccer player comes with, Hoot is thankful for the sport and all it has given to her. She says the best part of being a soccer player is being involved with her teammates.

“The high school team, we’re kind of crazy, and we got in trouble my freshman year for teepeeing our sectionals party,” Hoot said.

Hoot hopes to continue playing the game and bonding with her teammates. After dedicating so much time to this sport, Hoot wants to earn a spot on a D1 team in college. Hoot wants to stay near home at a smaller campus, so IPFW (University Purdue Fort Wayne) has caught her eye.

“I’ve given more than 10 years of my life to this game and I’m hoping it has a pay off in college,” Hoot said.