How Soccer Changed My Life

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Christina Franks
Van Fossen
Personal essay
June 14 2010

Soccer was Life Changing
Breaking my ankle influenced my life dramatically. It began simply by playing the game I love most. Resulting in sitting on the sidelines, watching the season drift away. This experience affected my life intensely, yet still managed to make me a better person. The beginning of my sophomore year in high school, soccer season began. All summer, I had spent preparing to be the best soccer player. This was my second year making the varsity soccer team. During My freshman year I made 2nd team all league and that was a major accomplishment as a freshman so I had a lot of expectations to keep up. I was the top scorer on my high school team and the second top scorer for the league we were in. A few games into the season we were scheduled to play Seattle Christian. On this hot muggy day, we traveled an hour in a half to play. For me, the bus ride to Seattle Christian was one to remember. Little did I know that it would be my last for the season. After an hour and a half bus ride, we arrived at Adrian Middle School. It was a half hour before game time and everyone on the team was excited to play. As the sun was beating down on the team and I warmed up and got ready to play. Finally it was time to start the game. Our coach gave us our line up and the starters took the field. The first half of the game was intense. We had so many shots on goal but none of them went in. It was half time and the coach was giving us our pep talk and expressed to me that I was going to score a goal in the first five minutes of the second half. At the whistle to begin the second half my team mate got the ball and dribbled down the field. She made it to the twenty yard box and passed it to me. Immediately I faced the goalie and took her on. The crowd was tense and excited. Slowly, the goalie and I came closer. Before I became to close to ruin my chance I went to take my shot. As I took...
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