The Kentridge girls soccer team is loaded this season with plenty of talent. Four girls have already committed to play next year in college. In this week's prep zone King 5's Chris Egan introduces us to one of the Chargers captains who is a legit triple threat in the classroom, on the field, and in the community.
13 can be an unlucky number for some, but not for Kentridge. The Chargers have 13 seniors on this years team. They're experienced, talented, dedicated and hard working. "It's so fun, I love high school, it's one of the best experiences I've had, playing with my friends, with the coaches that we have, they're always super fun , this team is so amazing," says Olivia Van der Jagt.
Olivia started playing soccer when she was she was just four. "I love the competition, I'm really competitive, so I love playing at a high level, and playing against other great athletes," says Olivia.
Olivia is one of the top high school mid-fielders in the country, next year she'll play for the UW. "I think it's just a really good fit for me, especially with the team and I love the coaches , so that's a plus," says Olivia.
Also a positive, she'll only be 30 minutes away from home. Her mom and dad have been huge to her success and thankfully they never pushed their passion on Olivia. "At the end of the day it was either soccer or volleyball, I don't know if she knows this, her dad and I between us would say, I hope she chooses volleyball, because we love volleyball," says Andrea Van der Jagt.
Olivia's parents actually met playing volleyball. Her dad even played on a national team in South America. Olivia also enjoyed playing volleyball, but her love was elsewhere. "I just liked how they gave me the freedom to decide what I wanted and I didn't have to worry about pleasing them or doing stuff for them," says Olivia. Her mom said, "We wanted our kids to do what they love and that's what she choose, she choose soccer."
Kentridge Coach Sherri Rolfs says Olivia is the best player she's ever coached at the high school level.Olivia has scored over 30 goals for the Chargers, but it's her unselfish play that earns her high marks. "She is not about herself, she is about the team and the people she is with and serving them, she has no ego what-so-ever, she is very humble," says Sherri.
Not only is Olivia good in soccer, but she is also great in the classroom with a 3.9 GPA, not too mention, she also loves to give back. Olivia and her good friend Grace Klinkenberg have played together for over a decade, but this past year they've also connected off the field. "We went to a men's homeless shelter and fed them, we did terrific Tuesdays which was held at our church , so we went there and served food for the homeless," says Grace.
Helpful in the community plus selfless play on the field, equals a win no matter what the scoreboard reads.In Kent, Chris Egan, King 5 Sports.