This past summer, Kennedy Wesley decided to follow in her SC Blues ECNL teammate’s (Ashley Soto) footsteps through the doors at Champion’s QUEST. Kennedy was excited and eager to continue her path towards becoming the “Best Athlete She Can Be” as she prepared for her Freshman year at Valley Christian High School and continued to fight for her Starting position on the U.S. U-15 National Team.
Kennedy started her training program with a short-term goal of Increasing her Speed on her Agility and a long-term goal of playing in an International Event with the National Team.
Back in the Summer, Coach Brittany and Kennedy discussed the upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup hosted in Jordan from September 30 – October 21st, 2016. With this tournament being a big event for Women’s Soccer, there was a possibility that Kennedy could be moved up to the U-17 national camp if she performed well at the U-15 national camps.
Kennedy dedicated herself to working on her agility and power knowing that being quicker and stronger would help her against older girls. In 3 short months at Champion’s QUEST, Kennedy increased an inch on her standing vertical jump and took 3 seconds off her agility. As she successfully accomplished her short-term goal, Kennedy fought to make her long-term goal a reality.
After attending a second U.S. U-17 national camp in Boca Raton, Fl this past week, Kennedy texted Coach Brittany and announced “I have made the U-17 World Cup Qualifying event roster.”
Kennedy’s future of accomplishing her long-term goal will come this March as she travels with the team to Grenada to play in the U-17 Women’s Championship. To have this story end in a full circle, Kennedy and the U.S. may end up playing against her teammate Ashley Soto and the U-17 Mexican National team.
Congratulations Kennedy on making the decision to put in the time and effort to pursue your goals. We are all very proud of you and can’t wait to watch you Succeed on the Soccer Field. Enjoy your Play It Again Sports $20 “Fun Bucks” coupon at the Los Alamitos location on Katella.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Coach Brittany Gonzales, Soccer Academy Director