On any given Tuesday night, a few miles down Wire Road, you’ll see giant lights rising into the sky and orderly patches of green spread across the ground. This is the Auburn Soccer Complex.
At first glance you’ll see mostly elementary age children, with soccer moms and dads screaming and cheering as kids run the opposite direction of the ball. But if you look closer you’ll see one group of college-aged girls methodically playing the game – this is the Auburn Women’s Club Soccer Team.
Defense, forward, outside mid-field, and right mid-field are just some of the positions that the girls of the women’s club soccer team proudly play on the field.
“I wanted to keep playing soccer in college,” Kate Duke said, “and this club team looked like a good choice.”
Most of the girls on the team played soccer in high school, and none of them were ready to give it up in college.
“I love being on a team,” Duke said.
“You get to meet people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet,” Kelsey McGee said. “And a lot of soccer players have similar personalities, so that’s nice.”
But more than just a hobby, the team provides an outlet for its players as well.
“It’s a really nice break from school,” Hannah Stooksbury said. “It definitely is something you have to work into your day, but it’s worth it,” she said.
Their regular season included opponents like Georgia Tech, Alabama, Georgia, Eastern Kentucky and Vanderbilt.
When the team made it to regionals they played teams from across the Southeast.
“We did really well at regionals,” Kristi Handel, team captain said. “All the games were close.”
Only the top 12 teams out of 40 in the region make it to regional playoffs and the Auburn team was ranked number seven.
As captain, Handel has shown not only her love for the game, but her dedication to the team.
“[Soccer] is something I’ve done since I was 4 years old,” Handel said. “It’s something that stuck with me, and it still means just as much today as it did then. It’s made me who I am.”