Before the season starts, Delaware Sports Blitz wanted to highlight some of the fall athletes at Goldey-Beacom College.
The first interview is from Lightning’s women soccer junior defender Kelly Mejia.
Mejia was a major part of the rock-solid defense on the 2018 squad as the team had a 1.33 goals-against average ( third in the CACC),27 goals against ( third in the CACC), six shutouts and 13 games where they allowed one goal or fewer.
Goldey-Beacom went a record of 15-5 last season with the leadership of Mejia, which brought the team to the semifinals for the first time in consecutive years. The 2018 squad also made school history by winning a conference tournament game in consecutive seasons.
Mejia was honored for her outstanding defensive play in the 2018 season with being named CACC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-CACC, first-team CCA All-East Region and second-team United Soccer Coaches All-East Region.
Before Mejia started dominating at the college level, she led State College Area High School to four District Championship.
Mejia talks everything from how she started playing soccer to one of her greatest strengths on the field is knowing what other players are going to do before they do it.
Check out it below!
How did you start playing sports?
I started playing soccer when I was five years old because my older sisters and dad played, I looked up to them.
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
I changed positions from forward to defense which that was a big jump I had to overcome but now I love it. Level of play wise I definitely had to become better at reading the game because college soccer is much harder than high school soccer.
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off season for your sport?
We have winter/spring sessions that keep us fit during our off season. In the summer I like to go on runs or play some pick up soccer to keep myself fit.
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
To never give up and always have fun.
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
Sleep, class, practice/game, shower, homework, sleep.
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
Soccer wise, my greatest strength is being able to read the game and knowing what other players are going to do before they do it.
What do you feel you are weakest at and how do you work on to improve it?
Soccer wise, I feel I am the weakest at heading the ball out of the air! Practice makes perfect.
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
I was named CACC Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-CACC, first-team CCA All-East Region and second-team United Soccer Coaches All-East Region all in my 2018 season.
What is the best part of playing on a team?
All the friendships and memories I make along the way.
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
I try to tell myself soccer isn’t forever, so enjoy it while you can.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
In soccer, the biggest challenge I have faced is realizing I have to be confident when I play or else I will get run over- same thing in real life.
Why did you choose to play at Goldey-Beacom?
I did an overnight visit for soccer and I loved the girls here. Also, I had an amazing time. Goldey also offered me the best scholarship that I couldn’t turn down, and I was looking for a small school so it fit perfectly.