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Sports Spotlight: Girls Soccer

This issue’s Sports Spotlight features Girls Soccer. Coach Brett Bass ’12 nominated seniors Kayce Quinn and Anna Isler. Kayce fought back from an injury to serve as goalkeeper, and Anna is a key motivator for the team with her vibrant sense of humor.

Of Kayce, Coach Bass says: “The hard work she’s put in after her knee injury last year is just truly amazing. It’s been a long journey for her, but all her hard work has paid off, and it’s been a true joy to watch.”

Of Anna, Coach Bass says: “She’s just a joy to be around, as a coach. She always brings a smile to the team and can get us all laughing. Her work ethic behind that humor is what makes her special. When the time comes, she gives the team everything.”

Anna Isler, defender, second season, House of Courage, Providence Singers, Popcorn Players, spring musical

Question: What are you looking forward to in your senior season?
Answer: This season I’m looking forward to playing with my awesome teammates, getting to know everyone better, and I’m looking forward to making memories.

Q: How did you get started playing soccer?
A: I thought it looked really fun, and I wanted to be more active in my school.

Q: What do you enjoy about being on the soccer team?
A: I really enjoy laughing and playing with my teammates. Every one of them is so interesting and fun to be around. Playing alongside them is always great.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is the experience. I feel like since I’ve been at Providence, I’ve been able to thrive academically and creatively. There are so many opportunities for us as students, so there’s always something to do.

Q: How are you making the most of school being socially distanced and wearing masks?
A: With school being on hybrid schedule right now, plus social distancing and wearing masks, I try to stay positive and stay in the moment. I want to make sure not to waste my senior year being sad that things aren’t the way they used to be, but I also take precautions to keep myself and others safe. It’s different, but I’m trying to make the most of it.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Theatre because it gives me a creative outlet.

Q: What do you like about making others laugh?
A: I like making others laugh because it makes me feel like I’m putting something good into the world. I have a pretty weird sense of humor, and I get really excited about pretty much everything, so I’m just happy to make people smile.

Kayce Quinn, goalkeeper, fourth season, House of Courage, Softball (pitcher)

Question: What are you looking forward to in your senior season?
Answer: What I’m looking forward to this senior season is leading my team to be our best and watching us grow together. We are a very different team from the past years, but we are strong and a very talented team, so I can’t wait to see what we can do the rest of the season.

Q: How did you get started playing soccer?
A: I played off and on throughout middle school. I wasn’t even sure coming in to freshmen year if I was going to play, but with some convincing from friends and my family, I decided to play, and I’m very happy with my decision. I think I would’ve regretted it if I didn’t play.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is the family atmosphere that is created around us. We are one big community that does so much together, and I’m glad to have everyone around me to go through these tough times together.

Q: How are you making the most of school being socially distanced and wearing masks?
A: I’m trying to make the best of this school year by just doing as much as I can to make it “normal.” Even though we do have to wear masks during school which is something new for everyone, I try to not to let it get in my way of my school day. I try to remind myself at soccer practice and at games to play like our next game isn’t guaranteed. We’ve already had five or six games cancelled due to teams quarantining, so I try not to take for granted the practices and the games we have gotten to play. Outside of soccer, I’m thankful we still get to go to football games, and I get to lead cheers for the student section. At Providence, the Friday night football games have always been something everyone loves to go to and have fun with each other, and I’m very happy this is something that we are still able to do.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite school subject is any of my art classes. Mrs. Burden and Ms. Lebrun always try to make them fun and do a wonderful job of teaching the classes. My family is very artistic, so I have always been into art. So when I get to go to art class and show my ability and creativity, it is always one of the best parts of the school day.

Q: What does it mean to you to be able to play again after coming back from an injury?
A: I tore my ACL in my right knee almost exactly a year ago today, during our Floyd Central soccer game. I was unable to play any sports for about six or seven months, and I slowly got back into it during that. I had to go to physical therapy for about three or four months, and then I moved into the weight room with our trainer to work towards getting my muscle back. My main focus after my injury was to get back for softball. Unfortunately, our season got cancelled, so it was a hard time after putting in all the work I did. I am so grateful for the help and support I got so I could get back and play soccer. After I injured my knee, something I had to think about was whether I was going to come back and play soccer. But with everything going on in the world, one thing I learned was to not take anything for granted. That helped me make the decision to play soccer, because I worked to heal to be able to play, and if I didn’t I would regret it. I am happy to be out there with my team, and to be able to lead them through this year.

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