It begins with my take on the U.S. Women's National Team winning the Gold Medal in the London Olympics and ends with the emotions of watching the replay of the 1999 Women's World Cup Final 15 years later in a "Remember When" moment.
All the chapters in between cover the training, the highs and the lows, NWSL tryouts, honest conversations with coaches and the everyday life that makes athletes different than the rest.
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With all that can be said recently with surgery to finding the sideline that lead to a dream job with the NWSL and Boston Breakers organization. I can start with that I have been doing some serious soul searching. Looking for anything to cling on to get me through watching so much and not getting the validation of play.
Today I woke up to Facebook posts that 15 years ago today was a “remember when” that the United States women won the 1999 World Cup and changed the game forever. It had me in over drive with all that has been going through my mind.
I quickly put on some workout gear, grabbed my laptop, iPad, iPhone and was on my way. Each day since I took my so called dream job it has seem to have top priority to the business side and my own personal shape has fallen to quite a low.
It was a perfect summer day, sunny not humid and I found myself in technology tragedy. A virus in my laptop, no space in my smart products so hours and hours spent glued to a screen until I reached success.
I haven’t played since June and like I have mentioned before, if I don’t play at least once a week I am simply not me. I have been beating myself up on my size since it was so obvious. I wasn’t playing futsal with the boys either and not even sure I was welcome....
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Playing Position: Left Midfield
Height: 5ft 7 inches (1.73736m)
Date of Birth: December 18th 1980
Place of Birth: Rapid City, South Dakota, USA
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
2018 EMWSL Div 1 Spring Champions / Leading Scorer
2017 First Place leading goal Scorer EMWSL Div 1
2017 Second Place leading goal scorer AC Boston Men’s Futsal League
2016 First Place leading goal Scorer EMWSL Div 1
2016 First Place leading goal scorer AC Boston Men’s Futsal League
2015 Second Place leading goal Scorer EMWSL Div 1
2014 Third Place leading goal scorer EMWSL Div 1
2013 Second Place leading goal scorer AC Boston Men’s Futsal League
2013 Third Place leading goal Scorer EMWSL Div 1
2011 Record breaking all time leading scorer at Revere Indoor Women’s league: Revere, Ma
2010 league leading scorer: EMWSL DIV 1 Havoc Boston, Ma
2009 3rd overall in league scoring: EMWSL DIV1 Havoc Boston, Ma
2004 3rd overall for region in goal scoring: Lesley University, Cambridge Ma
2001 Captain, team top scorer, and 3rd in conference: Bunkerhill College, Charlestown, MA
1999 Captain, and MVP, Sportsmanship award recipient of Rushmore Cup
1996 Most valuable player in South Dakota: Olympic Development
1994 ranked 7th overall in goal scoring: Midwest region of club programs
1995-1998 was a co-captain: Rushmore Soccer Club Rapid City, South Dakota
1996 was leading goal scorer: Midwest region of premier clubs
1996 won a shoot out for a spot to train with the Brazilian Women's National Team
2011 Seri A Femminile, Brescia Women's Professional Soccer
2011 WPS Preseason tryouts
WPS Boston Breakers (second round), and Western New York Flash (final cuts)
2005-2006 WPSL Massachusetts Stingers Fall River, MA
Co-captain, starter and scored 5 goals and had several assists, helping the team to make it through the first round of playoff. Coached the weekly youth team’s camps for ages 5-17.
2007-2008 WPSL Rhode Island Rays, Warrick, RI
Started in all matches, was the leading goal scorer in the conference with 8 goals. MVP of the many games, helping the team finished 6th in WPSL playoffs. Coached youth camps ages 5-17.
2001 WUSA invited to Boston Breakers try-out but could not play due NCAA college status
2001 Bunker Hill College Starting center forward for all matches. I was a co-captain and 3rd overall in goal scoring. I had 9 assists and was offered three div1 scholarships from my freshman year.
2002-2003 CCRI Warrick, RI
Starting left forward or midfield for all games, helping the team win the National Championship with an undefeated record of 22-0. Top ten goal scorer in the league the season.
2004 Lesley University Cambridge, Ma
I was 3rd overall in region for goal scoring. I appeared and started as center forward in all 17 matches. I was a co-captain and was voted best team mate.
Club Soccer Career
1994-1998 Olympic Development Program (ODP)
Trained and played under the South Dakota Olympic development program. Represented South Dakota in the National ODP training camp, excelling and making the final team every year.
1988-1999 Rushmore Soccer Club Rapid City, South Dakota
Received coaching training from Brazilian, German, and American coaches. Starting midfielder/ forward player, playing in soccer championships and tournaments in the State, the regional and at the national level. Scored many goals and assists which help me earned many awards for this club.