Jeannette junior Carl thrives on defense as member of soccer squad
TribLIVE Sports Videos
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-838-5154.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Roundup: Citizens bank parent says 6-month profit doubles; Former Heinz CEO leaving EDMC board; more
- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board suspends in-store tastings
- Steelers won’t negotiate Roethlisberger extension until after season
- Steelers notebook: Mitchell to miss beginning of training camp
- Rockies’ 7-run 7th-inning dooms Pirates in 8-1 loss
- LaBar: John Cena leaving WWE for Hollywood?
- Grand opening of West Kittanning community building will merge past, present
- Export-Import Bank in dispute in Congress
- After year off, Steelers’ Pouncey ‘ready to go’
- Rossi: Roethlisberger staging big comeback
- Jefferson Hospital names new CEO, president