Tuesday , September 02, 2014 - 12:02 PM
OGDEN – Kelsey Trudeau had no doubt she would be playing soccer at Ogden High School when she moved with her family from Texas early in the summer.
Quickly making friends, however, was something the 15-year-old sophomore wasn’t quite as sure about.
“The thing about high school is everybody already has their own group of friends already, so I was nervous about making my own,” Trudeau said.
As it turned out, Trudeau didn’t even have to wait 24 hours.
“The first night I moved in (Shanae Wright) walked across the street and introduced herself,” Trudeau said. “We both realized that we played soccer, so she said, ‘I’ll come pick you up in the morning and I’ll take you.’ It worked out and it was very nice of her to do that for me. It helped a lot.”
Not only did Wright introduce herself, she also invited Trudeau on a family trip that included other friends.
Wright proved to be the tip of the iceberg
“Everybody was really nice and welcomed me, and I’m very thankful for that because that made it a whole lot easier to adjust here,” Trudeau said. “I’m glad that I moved to this school particularly because everybody’s so friendly.”
According to Wright, the initial encounter was an opportunity.
“The people there before just had younger kids, and so my dad was like, ‘There’s a girl your age that moved in across the street, so you should go introduce yourself,’” Wright recalled.
Trudeau moved to Utah from Corpus Christi, Texas at the beginning of July because of her father’s work. As a freshman at Flour Bluff High School last year, Trudeau played on the varsity girls soccer team – proving to be an integral part of a squad that went 28-4, including a perfect 14-0 against district opponents. In the opening round of the playoffs against Victoria West (Victoria, Texas), Trudeau netted the game winner. Three games later, she scored twice in a 5-1 thumping of Edcouch-Elsa (Edcouch, Texas).
Although it’s difficult to compare high school talent across states, one thing that wasn’t difficult to compare was the change in altitude that Trudeau noticed from her first practices at Ogden.
“The elevation was a killer at the beginning,” Trudeau said. “It was difficult to breathe the first few times I was out here playing. I was exhausted by the end.”
Trudeau adjusted, though, and has already become one of Ogden’s most productive offensive players – having totaled four goals in five games (tied for a team high), including two goals against rival Ben Lomond on Aug. 26.
“There are a few girls on this team who really stand out and are stars,” Trudeau said. “I’m just trying to keep up with them and keep hustling and go up to their level. It’s been making me a better player.”
According to coach Jason Steiner, Trudeau’s humility is a key reason why she’s been successful.
“She’s easy to get along with,” Steiner said. “She’s kind of quiet, but she does whatever I ask her to on the field. She just goes and does it, ‘Yes, sir,’ and it’s kind of nice… You love having coachable players like that.”
As far as her skills, Steiner points to her versatility.
“Somehow she’s able to keep the ball on the frontline and connect with the other forwards, and so that’s what makes her great,” Steiner said. “She’s able to hold the ball and find other players and score as well.”
Trudeau can be seen in action Tuesday when Ogden travels to Roy.
Contact reporter Ryan Comer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @RyanComerSe and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RyanComerSe
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