Fichter, Mars teammates primed for one last run
When trying to earn your way into a Division I school, an impressive resume goes a long way on and off the field.
For Mars senior Amber Fichter, her classroom resume is impressive with a 4.0 grade-point average, but her endless soccer resume didn't hurt either when Duquesne University came knocking.
Fichter answered and will attend the local school and study physical therapy or finance, and she will play soccer.
A team captain for Mars in 2012 and '13, Fichter is respected by her team and rightfully so.
She has been a part of three section championship teams, three WPIAL championship teams and a PIAA championship team in 2011.
So, what more does the senior have to prove? That she can help her team net a fourth-consecutive section and WPIAL crowns and get back to the PIAA finals.
Of all her accomplishments, Fichter has one that stands rather tall among the rest.
Making nationals with her Beadling Cup team is a particular accomplishment she is proud of.
“That is a huge accomplishment because only a select few get to play for that really competitive Cup team,” Fichter said. “We have been to Las Vegas, North Carolina, Kansas City and Disney, and we were ranked No. 2 in the nation last year.
“It was cool … I kind of felt like a pro, but I am always looking at the bigger picture, which is getting better. If I can succeed and improve, the team does too.”
Her skill set caught the attention of Duquesne coaches, and Fichter called the school a good fit in regard to education and soccer.
“I know a lot of people on the team or who were on the team, and I heard no negative comments about the school at all,” she said.
“It is a smaller school and close to home.”
The future is exciting, but the focus is on her senior season at Mars.
“It is going to be a little different this year,” Fichter said. “We lost a lot of great seniors, but (since I have been here) we have never lost in WPIALs.”
To keep the good times rolling, Fichter said, the Lady Planets have to continue to play with more passion than the opposition.
“You have to realize that going into any game you can lose,” she said.
“You have to work hard every time and learn from any mistakes. You have to think you are going to win, but the important thing is to remind yourself that it is important to have fun.”
As a right-side midfielder who could line up anywhere she is needed, Fichter is a communicator on the field, and she makes sure her teammates are always ready for her pass or see her as she darts to the goal.
This season is bittersweet for the senior. She is excited about all the possibilities and has had such a great run, but come this fall, at some point, she will have played her last game as a Lady Planet.
“I will miss it because we are a family, we are so close,” Fichter said.
“I hope I can leave behind a desire to win with the younger players and hopefully one more state title. I really want that.”
Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.