Casey Cox has now played varsity soccer in each of her four years of high school and is hoping her senior year is different from the rest. But whether the Lady Knights reach the postseason or not, Cox is happy to have had the life lessons she’s learned already on the soccer field.
What was it like playing up to varsity as a freshman?
When I played up as a freshman, it was very intimidating, but I think I learned a lot. It helps you to grow and to see how you can advance because when you play strictly with JV, you get used to being stagnant.
What was the biggest adjustment?
In my opinion, I think it was the attitude. The idea of losing is not OK, losing is not an option and if it does happen you have to grow from it, you can’t just sit and wallow in it.
How long have you been playing soccer?
Probably since fifth grade.
Is that your primary sport?
Yes. It’s the only sport I ever really played.
Why did you pick soccer?
I didn’t want to do anything my brother and sister did. So, I tried to pick something as far away from what they did as possible.
What sports did your siblings play?
Well, my brother, (Eric Cooley), did swimming and choir and stuff like that and was a straight-A student. He got a full ride to Baylor. And my sister, (Taylor Cooley, class of 2005), did basketball, and she was the only freshman on varsity at Harker Heights,. She was really good, but then she went to be the manager of the Lady Aggies basketball team.
I was like, ‘I don’t want to do either of these.’ I was like, ‘let me just try soccer,’ and so then I did it, and I fell in love, and it’s been a passion ever since.
What made you fall in love with the sport?
I think it’s the sense of unity that you gain from having teammates that would do anything for you.
Soccer is not a high-scoring sport, so it’s very hard to work for 80 minutes straight and not score a single goal. But I think that helps promote perseverance. We had a losing team for a long time, and I think that it’s essential to learn how to lose. And I think that’s made me a better, not just athlete, but person as well.
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