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Jeannette junior Carl thrives on defense as member of soccer squad

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kristie Linden | The Jeannette Spirit
Monica Carl, a junior, plays soccer, basketball and softball at Jeannette High School.

Monica Carl, a junior at Jeannette High School, plays soccer, basketball and softball.

She has played soccer since she was very young, getting her start with Jeannette Soccer Club and joined the high school team as a sophomore.

Her favorite aspect of soccer is the exercise she gets from the game. Carl plays right defense most often and really enjoys being on the defensive side of the field.

“My favorite thing is defense, I don't like doing offense,” she said. “It's more physical, that's why I like it.”

Her head coach, Brian Snively, is a good coach who is funny, said Carl, but who knows how to be serious.

“He knows what he's doing when it comes to soccer and he's good at motivating the team,” she said.

This year's Lady Jays team is a good group of girls, Carl said. There are a lot of underclassmen who aren't quite used to playing against high school varsity players just yet, she said, and the team is adapting to having lost so many seniors from last year's team.

“We're not at the same level as last year without them (the seniors who have graduated),” she said. “But, we're working on it. We're working on being more aggressive and working on ball management.”

Carl said she feels like a leader on the team in addition to the seniors who are captains.

“When people ask me a question, it's good that people are looking up to (me).”

She was surprised by the honor of being the first girls soccer Student Athlete of the Week.

“I hope it's a reflection of my work ethic,” she said.

Her hope and expectations for this season include winning the section, but she's unsure at this point of how the season will go because the team is so young. She knows that a lot of the team's success last year was due to the seniors and knows that the success of this year's team will depend on how the younger athletes step up to the challenges of the season.

In addition to her sports activities, Carl is active in Ette Kette and is working at Texas Roadhouse to start saving money for college.

She's considering attending either the police academy or entering the military.

“I always watched cops shows and always thought about being one. Saving someone's life would be such a good thing,” said Carl, who admits she also likes to be in charge and having authority. She enjoys leadership roles.

Carl is the daughter of Stacy Swanson and John Carl. She has a younger sister, Brittany, who is active in band.

“I want to say thank you to Coach Brian for making the season fun and to my parents for always believing in me and pushing me to do my best,” said Carl.

Kristie Linden is an editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at klinden@tribweb.com or 724-838-5154.

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