People Profile – Madison Marsh

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Elie Yates, Editor

Name: Madison Marsh

Nickname: Maddie

Team: Challenger

Birthday: May 9th

Tell me about something your passionate about.

I play soccer and I love being able to experiment with different touches and combinations. I think it is really interesting how much you can do with your feet and a ball.

How long have you been playing soccer?

I’ve been playing soccer for about 9 years and to be honest, I hated it when I first started. When my parents wanted me to try a sport, they picked soccer so that I could become athletic. But, when I tried it I thought everything was confusing, scary, and stressful. Then I scored my first goal, and that was when I fell in love with the sport. 

What is your favorite part about playing soccer?

My favorite part about soccer is when you make the perfect pass to someone and they take that ball and put it straight into the back of the net. It is a really amazing feeling because you know you just did something great and maybe it gave your team a win. It is like “Wow, I gave them that pass and they scored because of me,” which is really great.

How did Covid affect your ability to play soccer?

At the start of covid, our spring season got canceled and I got into terrible shape because I couldn’t play or practice. It was rough getting back into things, but I pushed through. I got to the point where I had training every day during Summer 2020. Then we had our fall season and I felt better than ever. It was a fantastic season for us too, we qualified for the State Cup and moved up the highest division in the state. 

What’s the biggest lesson soccer has taught you?

Soccer has taught me a whole lot, but if I had to pick one thing, I would say that sometimes things get really hard and all you want to do is quit. But when you keep powering on, things begin to work out and get better, and then you realize everything was worth it. 

What do you want your future to look like with soccer?

I have a plan for my future with soccer and it is ultimately what I’m working towards every day. I want to get a scholarship to play for UCLA, then to get noticed by a professional team. I would love to go pro with it, whether that means playing internationally or club.