Quick, a senior sweeper, has been a key member of the Eagles since she was a freshman. She helped the Eagles finish second in Class 6A last season and third in 2012 and 2013. She has signed to play at Central Arkansas.
Offensive players get the glory, but how proud are you of playing defense?
“The pride I take is in getting a shutout. Not letting anyone score is really the only stat that defenders have. And defense wins championships. As long as you don’t let them score, you have a pretty good chance of winning.
“I’m making sure I track my players, I’m aware of who’s around me, not letting them get through. As the last one back, the sweeper, I clean up the trash. If someone messes up, I run and clean up for them. I tend to go where I’m needed.”
Don’t you have to be pretty physical?
“I used to play midfield, but I kind of like being in the back, shoving people around. I stand my ground. As a defensive player, you have to be physical, head the ball out. If it’s one-on-one, one girl coming down by herself, I know I have to get to her or she’ll have an open shot. It hypes me up.”
Why did you choose to go to Central Arkansas?
“I knew I wanted to get out of Kansas. When I went to their camp (the summer before) my junior year, I just really fell in love with the coaches and the girls that were already there. I knew I wanted a new start, didn’t want people to really know me and just start fresh.”
Your brother, Bryton, was also a standout soccer player. What’s your relationship?
“I always wanted to be just like him. We’d play soccer in the basement when we were younger. Even though I’m four years younger and a girl, it didn’t matter. He was always flinging me into the wall. I think that’s why I’m so tough now.
“The basement is partly unfinished. (My dad) painted a goal and some zigzags, like it’s a net, so we’d have something to shoot at. It was always just me and him. We didn’t use a real soccer ball. It was like a bouncy ball.”
Your dad is really into soccer, isn’t he?
“It’s all he lives for. He’s crazy. Sometimes you can just tell him to be quiet. Ninety percent of what we talk about is soccer. Before every game he gives me a scouting report.… People joke he’ll move with me. I don’t think so. My parents are divorced, and I live with my mom, but I see my dad more because of soccer.”
What do you do outside of soccer?
“I sleep whenever I can. Go to Chipotle. I don’t have a problem going to sleep. I could go to sleep on the floor; it doesn’t matter. I try to get seven, eight hours of sleep or I’ll be grumpy. Some kids only get five hours, and I don’t know how they function. And Chipotle, it’s just always so good. Some places sometimes you order something and it’s bad? They always make it good there.
“And I rap. My friends always give me a hard time. They’re not good; it’s just kind of goofy. One day I was telling (Maize goalkeeper) Saige (Baalman) — she’s a stud and she won’t fall in the mud — just to get her pumped. I’d say it works.”