It was truly a few of the male gamers on South Iredell Excessive Faculty’s soccer group that got here to teach Scott Miller and advised him Julia Knapp needed to attempt her hand at kicking one thing aside from a soccer ball.
“I stated ‘OK, nice. Simply inform her if she needs to play to only come speak to me,” Miller stated.
The Vikings welcomed the varsity’s soccer star on their workforce with open arms, ponytail and all. Although, the primary few days of apply made Knapp query her choice to play.
“Once I first walked into the load room and all the blokes knew one another…it was only a actually totally different environment and I wasn’t positive the right way to react to it. It made me doubt and I used to be like, ‘do I actually need to do that?’” Knapp stated.
Her doubts have been quickly quelled when she began to show herself on the soccer area. Up to now, Julia is 6 for six in additional level kicks and is hoping to quickly get an opportunity at nailing a subject aim throughout a recreation.
Knapp’s mother, Susan Brubaker Knapp, is greater than proud to see her daughter carry her gridiron weight.
“The boys on the workforce and the coaches have all been tremendously supportive. It’s additionally been very gratifying to see how excited the soccer mothers are (they scream like loopy when she runs out to kick), and the way thrilled Julia’s woman associates are to see a woman on the sector,” Knapp’s mother stated in an e mail to WBTV.
The 5-foot-9 highschool senior doesn’t have plans to pursue sports activities after highschool.
“I feel I’ll primarily give attention to teachers,” Knapp stated.
She carries a 5.sixteen GPA within the classroom, so her skills aren’t confined to the sector.
Knapp additionally has a message for different younger women who really feel like they will’t do one thing.
“Throw out that stereotype. You are able to do no matter you set your thoughts to,” she stated.
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