By Evan Grice
Piedmont senior soccer standout Morgan Wilson recently sat down with the Surrey-Gazette to talk about the upcoming season, the transition to 5A from 4A in soccer, and what it feels like to be a college bound athlete after signing her national letter of intent with USAO in Chickasha.
PG: What is something about the game of soccer that most people assume is true but isn’t?
MW: “Well most people think that soccer is easy. I can promise that it is not easy!”
PG: You recently signed to play college soccer at USAO. Now that you’ve had some time to reflect, how does it feel to be a college bound athlete?
MW: “I am still extremely excited, but I am still just trying to take it all in.”
PG: What is the biggest difference between this seasons Lady Wildcats soccer team and last years?
MW: “This season we have started out at a higher intensity than last season. The cold weather has definitely put a damper on things, but everyone’s eye is still on the state title”
PG: In your own words, describe what the game of soccer means to you
MW: “I could say something cliché like “it isn’t just a sport it’s a lifestyle” but it’s overall just fun. I can’t imagine not playing such a creative sport. It tests your mind and your physical abilities every time you step on the field. What athlete wouldn’t want that?
PG: How much of a role has family and faith played in your life as an athlete?
MW: “My family has been my biggest supporters through it all. Through every rainy game, every 10 hour drive to Houston. They have always been supportive and ALWAYS pushed me as hard as they could.”
PG: Soccer has grown as a sport in America over the past few years. If you were able to do something to make soccer grow in America, what would you do?
MW: “That’s a hard one. It’s kind of like wrestling because they are both such technical and creative sports that most who don’t love it or care for someone playing it doesn’t want to take the time to learn it. So I mean just spreading the word I think would help.”
PG: Do you think having a new pro soccer team like the OKC Energy will increase the number of youth players in Oklahoma?
MW: “I do think that having a pro team in Oklahoma will help increase the number of youth players. It gives everyone something to root for just like the Thunder has.”
PG: What is Morgan Wilson like away from the soccer field?
MW: “I personally feel like I’m just an average teenage girl with all the emotions that come with it. Well maybe a little bit more.”
PG: Piedmont will be playing in 5A this season. What’s the biggest challenge to playing a 5A schedule, besides tougher competition?
MW: “I don’t see anything different. Of course they are a bigger school, and some might have better skill than we do but every game can become a win with a big enough heart.”
PG: What is one of your favorite memories as a soccer player?
MW: “I have so many, but if I had to pick one it would have to be playing indoor and scoring my one and only header goal.”
PG: What do you plan to major in when you attend college, and what do you plan to do with your degree?
MW: “I plan to major in Psychology. I really chose this because it has so many options. I want to do so much and this offers the most options.”