Scoring a winning reputation

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Scoring a winning reputation

Jack McCoy, staff reporter

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It’s incredibly impressive to see a sophomore playing on the varsity soccer team. But for that same sophomore to score a game-winning goal is spectacular. Elle Conlin, 10, is making a name for herself after sending Mounds View to victory against East Ridge on Sept. 22 with the only goal scored in the entire game.

“It felt really good, especially because I don’t get to score a lot since I play defense,” said Conlin. As a center back defender, Conlin is responsible for preventing the opposing team from scoring, so she doesn’t focus much on scoring herself.

Conlin has been playing soccer since age four, and used to be a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy elite U14 team. She took up soccer for the special experiences she knew came with it. “I like being part of the team and having fun with the team. I also like how get to I learn a lot of lessons from it and experience new things,” she said.

Conlin has always loved the running aspect of soccer. A talented cross country runner, she was forced to quit because the cross country and soccer seasons both take place in the fall. “It was the right decision because I still run on my own,” she said. “Soccer is definitely my favorite sport.”

Hopes are high for the state tournament. “We have a lot of really good seniors this year, so we owe it to them to make a deep run in the state tournament. I really think we could win it all this year,” she said. After securing first place in the Suburban East Conference, Mounds View Girls Soccer is looking towards success in the playoffs.

While receiving a lot of playing time on the varsity team as a sophomore has its benefits, Conlin admits to feeling a certain pressure as well. “I definitely have to step up as a sophomore, but I can learn from the seniors who are great role models,” said Conlin.

Conlin has certainly had a very impressive soccer career thus far, and expectations are high for her and the rest of the girls soccer team.

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