BECKENHAM Angels goalkeeper Stacey Cavill has high hopes of playing in the W-League as she prepares to enter her final season of college soccer in the United States.
The 21-year-old from Kelmscott has been playing college soccer in the United States for the past three years. The first two years were with Feather River College in California before she moved to Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The colleges in America are presently on summer break, so Cavill has been playing with the Beckenham Angels in the Women’s State League premier grade.
Cavill will begin her next semester of college in August and is hoping to get on to the All-American list, a prestigious list of the top sporting players who also do their academic studies.
The former Lumen Christi College student went straight to university overseas after she left school.
She said practice and determination were the key to her success.
“After college soccer, I really want to get picked up back in Australia,” she said.
“I would really like to have a go at the Perth Glory women’s team and just try and pursue my dreams of playing soccer at a higher level.
“I started soccer when I was five. When I was six I was like, ‘goalkeepers are really cool they get to dive around and they can get dirty as much as they want’,” she said.
“Most professionals need 10,000 hours or more of practice to be even good at their skill.”
She said the key to being a good goalkeeper was being agile and having good reactions, as well as reading the players well.
While in the United States, she is also studying to be a physical education teacher.
“I love kids and I live every kind of sport so I want to teach kids sport and coach them soccer,” she said.