If Gators freshman mid-fielder, Liz Slattery, kicks the seams off the soccer ball like she did in high school, her college career could be fantastic.
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, she attended Indian Hill High School, but it wasn’t until the University of Florida reached out to her that she became interested in the school.
“I had actually never even considered the state of Florida or even the school until they reached out to me for soccer and I came down and visited and absolutely loved it!” Slattery said.
Slattery finished her high school career with 66 goals and 36 assists, but putting up those numbers weren’t her biggest high school achievement.
“I would say my biggest accomplishment was being named an NSCAA High School All-American two times, my junior and senior year.”
These weren’t her only awards, she also won Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by the Southwest Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Girls Division II, ESPN High School fall girls soccer all-star selection in 2011, and was the recipient of the 2013 Indian Hill H.S.’s Outstanding Female Athlete Award.
In her first season as a Gator, Slattery, appeared in all but one match and started one at holding midfield. She recorded two goals and one assist. Her first collegiate goal came off a beautiful header in a 3-0 victory over Alabama on September 20th.
Soccer never stops for the Cincinnati native even during the offseason.
“During the offseason, I play for my club team back home in Ohio and then I train with a personal trainer to work on lifting, agility, speed work stuff to try and get me as fit and as cut as possible.”
The Gators mid-fielder has the freshmen jitters out of her system after completing her first season so now she can look forward to achieving new goals next season.
“Individually, I would like to start and get a lot of minutes on the field and I want to be a big contributor to our team and the way we play this year” said Slattery, “As far as our team, I want to win the SEC, a National Championship, and I hope that we can be more united as a team than we were last year.”