Athlete Spotlight

Posted on 21 October 2014 by admin

Women’s Soccer Player Tessa Killingsworth is in the spotlight

spotlight athleteBy: KAYLA CACCIATORE
Staff Writer/Photographer

Tessa Killingsworth, a freshman and athlete at STLCC-Meramec is playing for the women’s soccer team as a defensive player. Growing up, Killingsworth said she played numerous sports but decided soccer was her favorite.

“I started playing club soccer in fifth-grade. I love the sport because it keeps me in really good shape and it’s like a stress reliever for me. When I’m out on the field I don’t think about anything else but soccer,” Killingsworth said.

Playing numerous positions such as midfield, forward and defense, Killingsworth said defense is her strongest position because she is aggressive and can win tackles.

“The hardest part of the game for me is myself. When I mess up, I get down on myself too much which affects my play,” Killingsworth said.

Killingsworth said team chemistry is a challenge. Soccer is a team sport and you need to have a bond with your team so you can get a feel of how each member plays and the will and want to play for each other, she said.

With this year’s season coming to an end, Killingsworth said is very proud of the accomplishment her team has gained with the majority of them being brand new and having new coaches

“Play hard and push yourself in practices because how you practice is how you play. Each time you step out onto the field for game day and put your jersey on, you need to play for your team,” Killingsworth said.

She said she plans to continue her education at Meramec and keep up with soccer. She said she hopes to one day start a physical therapy program, which she said will take a lot of time and effort.


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