The Arnold Lady Marlins soccer team is off to a good start this season, currently 2-1 in district play, and a key reason is senior Kirsten Crowley.
For some High School athletes, their senior season is the last time they'll play their sport competitively. But for some, like future Florida State Seminole Kirsten, her days of soccer are just beginning.
"I had gone and seen the school and just fell in love with it, it was a great place. Then, I got a call from the coach and we talked through it and he was like, 'you want to be a Nole?' and I was like, 'of course!' That's the day it happened and I called my parents right afterwords, and it was really exciting."
But before she begins on the next journey of her life, Kirsten has quite a few milestones to reach on the soccer field- as she's just two goals shy of 100 career goals, and she'd like to help the Lady Marlins seal up their second straight district championship.
"Definitely districts, and then Regionals," says Kirsten. "Every time we get in the position of regional semi's, we're always trying our hardest. If we go out there and do our best, that's the accomplishment, that's enough for me."
And Kirsten made quite the accomplishments in the classroom- boasting a 4.2 GPA, and while she's proud of her soccer stats, Kirsten says her biggest accomplishment is her stellar academic resume- something that's not easy to maintain.
"Coaches that I've had allow me to, they know that we're student-athletes, that we have to balance these things- and they understand that," says Kirsten. "If we get caught with a research paper, they understand that we get the job done and we're back out training the next day."
Training at an elite level is something Kirsten will do daily next year as a Nole- as FSU just locked in their 7th straight trip to the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament, but she says she's ready for the challenge.
"It's going to be a big part of my life and competing for a National Championship every year I'm there," she says. "It's time to go in there and work hard."
Hard work. Something Kirsten is pretty familiar with- both on, and off the field.