Soccer has been Anna Filipkowski’s sport of choice for many years now and it’s a sport she’s “always loved.” She’s played many positions over the years, including defender and forward, but since her ninth-grade year, she’s been the Louisa Lions’ last line of defense as a goalie.

“That feeling that players get when they score, I get that when I stop their shot,” she said. “I’m pretty aggressive, too. I’m not afraid to come out and attack your feet [to get the ball].”

Not wanting her time on the soccer field to end, Filipkowski plans to take her talents to the next level, playing for the Eastern Mennonite University Royals. She’s been attending a soccer camp at the college for years and the school’s atmosphere stuck with her.

“I compared every other school I looked at to EMU,” she said.

One of the most important aspects to the game of soccer is communication. Players need to be able to effectively communicate with each other in order to optimize their success. It’s a skill Filipkowski says she’s learned from the game that she feels will help her succeed as she goes on to play in college.

“It’s the key in winning or losing a game, and it’s also a key factor in life,” she said. 

Like many seniors this spring, Filipkowski missed out on playing her final season with the Lions. Though she was the team’s only senior, she had been playing with many members of the team for years from little league to travel teams to the high school team. 

Filipkowski plans to use that loss as motivation to keep improving.

“It gave me the realization that any season could be your last season, and any game could be your last game,” she said. “I have to make each game my best because any one of them could be my last.”

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