Last week Tuesday was Senior Night at the final regular season home game for Trojan Women’s soccer. All senior players were honored with their families, but two of those seniors received extra recognition.
Team captains Rebekah Cotton and Abby Puckett were awarded the Trojan Women’s Soccer Scholarship – a scholarship recognizing athletes who are passionate about soccer and best represent the values of the Trojan program.
Cotton started playing soccer at the age of 7. Between 2013 and 2017 she developed, promoted and hosted a youth soccer skills camp in her front yard. She has volunteered at Central summer soccer camps, TBAYS youth soccer camps, and for the North Star Special Olympic Team, and has served in a leadership role with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for the last two years. She believes everyone has the opportunity to be a leader – you just have to recognize what your strengths are and figure out how to use them to lead. Rebekah will head to Spring Arbor University in the fall to study Business Administration and play soccer for the Cougars.
Abby Puckett has played soccer for 14 years and calls dad Tim the world’s best soccer coach. She has volunteered at Central and TBAYS youth soccer camps, and completed an independent research project on concussion risk in soccer. Abby has always valued the traditions of Trojan soccer including the sacredness of The Hut, the importance of pregame quotes, the repetition of team cheers and the tradition she herself started of dancing in the middle of the team huddle to pump up her teammates. Abby will attend the University of Michigan College of Engineering in the fall, and will stay involved with soccer through playing and coaching.
Rebekah and Abby plan on leading the Trojans to a 2nd round district win on Thursday, May 31 when they face the winner of the Traverse City West vs. Alpena game (5/29 first round game).