Athlete Spotlight

Jaci Kohn
Staff writer

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Sophomore Shauna Wicker has been playing soccer since she was four. The Almo, Ky., native played T-ball before switching to soccer. T-ball didn’t take because it wasn’t a contact sport.

“I guess I was aggressive,” Wicker said. “My parents didn’t know anything about soccer. They just kind of threw me in it and I fell in love from an early age.”

The forward midfielder said she is proud of having the opportunity and ability to play at the collegiate level.

“I’m really thankful God has blessed me with the ability to play soccer,” she said. “A lot of people might want to play the sport, but don’t have the ability to.”

Wicker looks up to many people in her life but said the most important is God.

“He’s just really blessed me and gave me the opportunity,” she said. “I look up to my dad a lot because he is well-rounded and has really pushed me to be the best and do the best at everything. My sister, my parents and my family have always been very encouraging. They supported me in everything I have done.”

No. 7 is motivated by Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,” and serving the Lord, she said.

“I just think when I’m out on the soccer field that I’m not playing for myself but for Christ,” Wicker said. “Then that leads me to play for my team – the overflow of Christ in my life represents me playing for my team.”

If she wasn’t playing soccer, Wicker would either be a gymnast or softball player, she said.

“If I would have stuck with T-ball I probably would have been a softball player,” she said. “Or a really hardcore gymnast, like the ones at the Olympics.”

Though tough on the field, Wicker said she can be girlie and enjoys painting.

“I’m artsy I guess,” she said. “That’s kind of like my hidden hobby. I like to sing and dance and lots of fun things. I like to paint canvases with words and quotes and colorful things and scrapbooking. I really look forward to Christmas break because I can be inside and paint and scrapbook.”

The sophomore is a health and physical education major.

“I want to be a teacher and coach soccer at the high school girls’ level,” Wicker said. “I want to be either a P.E. teacher or a health teacher, I’m not sure which I want to do.”

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