Coming from a high school of only 50 students, Susie Scribner passed the cut to make the team on college level soccer.
The 19-year-old LCA graduate played stopper and midfielder on the girls soccer team at Santa Monica College last year and competed in a league of local community colleges, a yearly season of 22 games. She is currently training for next season on the same team at the 2-year institution.
For four years, she played varsity boys soccer for Lighthouse’s co-ed team, and playing against males made her tough.
“If I hadn’t played on the LCA team, I don’t know if I would have been so aggressive on the soccer field, and for that I am grateful,” she said. Susie is the second LCA soccer player to make SMC. She scored 1 goal this year, not bad for her first year, not bad considering her positions are not goal-scoring positions.
Kate Sommer was recruited from Susie’s graduating class to play Pac-12 volleyball at Washington State University, a four year deal that started this academic year.
While at Lighthouse Christian Academy, Susie also played volleyball for the LCA, and the jumping proved useful. On her soccer team, no one jumps higher for headers than Susie.
During tryouts Susie wondered if she would make the cut: only 20 girls make the team, but 70 players showed up to fight for a spot, a lot of them with club soccer experience. Susie had played AYSO All Stars, not quite as high a level as club. Her willingness to learn made the difference, she said.
It hasn’t been easy. During a pre-season, in game against Ventura College, the 10-year league champions, Susie received the ball but passed nervously and was intercepted. The bad pass resulted in an opposing goal. Later in the game, Susie fouled in the penalty box, conceding a penalty kick to the opposing team.
Susie was so upset at conceding two goals that she vowed it would never happen again. By practicing hard and working on consistency, by steeling her nerves for games, Susie won the “Most Improved Player” award at the post-season sports banquet.
She committed herself to Lord when she was in the 7th grade and has had her ups and downs, like most church kids. As a sophomore, she was expelled from the high school by her own dad, General Pastor Rob Scribner, for “lying and being secretive.” But after a month of demonstrating fruit of repentance, she was invited to return to the school.
Susie was a strong volleyball player while at Lighthouse, and she even played club volleyball — so much so that some were surprised when she opted for soccer.
And she plans to keep kicking the ball when she transfers to a 4-year institution. She’ll be trying to make the cut again.
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