Year in and year out, the Arnold High School girl's soccer program is one of the best in the area, as they've made the postseason the past ten years. For Lady Marlin senior Jaclynn Lehtio, she's been a part of that rich tradition since her Freshman season, and she's hoping to make her final year at Arnold one to remember as well.
Jaclynn has captured two district titles in her time in a Lady Marlin uniform, and leadership has become a natural thing as she is one of three co-captains on the field.
"She's very spirited, and has a high morale," teammate and co-captain Autumn Jaworski. "She's really fun to play with and always works hard for her teammates."
"We don't have to communicate on the field," said co-captain Alexis Tanner. "We know where we're going and we know what's happening."
What's happening is scoring, as Jaclynn is second on the team in career goals, boasting 21 over four seasons, and she leads the team in career assists with ten.
"We have a lot of chemistry," she said of her and her teammates. "I mean, we've been playing since like Frank Brown League, ever since we were little. We have that chemistry, it helps."
It helps- and it shows. The Lady Marlins are 6-2 on the year, boasting a 2-1 record in district play. But those winning numbers aren't just limited to the pitch, as Jaclynn balances a 3.81 GPA taking AP and dual-enrolled classes.
"When you're on the bus all the time she's that girl that has her books open for sure," said Autumn.
"Since I've been doing this since I was little, it's just natural," said Jaclynn. "Doing this my whole life, I don't see myself doing anything different."
It's as natural as putting on an Arnold uniform, and keeping up with that winning tradition.
"I just hope that these girls will see me as that leadership role, I think that being a captain helps," she said.
"Coach said the other day at practice that we're halfway through the season," said Alexis. "It's weird thinking we're halfway through the season of our last season together."
Their last season at Arnold, but one that with their experience will surely be one to remember. Jaclynn said she definitely wants to play soccer at the next level, and says she's narrowing down her choices about where she wants to go. Wherever she ends up, she said she wants to study business.