On June 18, 2018, Sydney Collins '18 was awarded Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Throughout her time at Jesuit, Collins has shown strong athletic capability and tremendous leadership skills on and off the soccer field.
During the 2017-18 season, Collins scored three goals, assisted five, and led her team to a 19-0 record, as well as two state championships in 2015 and 2017. Within the time span of 19 games, Collins allowed only two goals. After playing at the 2017 All American Game, she was named top defender.
"This is a well-deserved award for a student-athlete who was a pleasure to coach," said Coach Steve Fennah. "Her ability to read the game and interrupt the opponents' attack was crucial to the team's success."
In addition to playing on Jesuit's varsity squad for four years, she participated in F.C. Portland and Portland Thorns Academy teams, all while maintaining an impressive 3.69 GPA.
"Jesuit soccer has easily been my favorite memory of my high school experience because of my tremendous teammates, the great coaching staff (Steve Fennah and Darren Chilton), and our teams' success over the past few years," said Collins. "Jesuit's soccer team will always hold a special place in my heart. Although I am very honored to receive this award, the entirety of the team has contributed to this success."
Aside from soccer, Collins finds joy in relationships created through volunteer work. As part of her Christian Service project, Collins spent her summer with campers at MDA Camp, a facility where kids who have muscular dystrophy can have fun and participate in various summer-time activities.
"My favorite part about MDA camp was the individual connections I made with individuals and giving kids an opportunity they wouldn't typically receive," said Collins. "Many kids at camp are never able to swim throughout the year and camp is the only time they are able to because of the apparatus that helps them enter and exit the pool."
Collins has also volunteered at her neighborhood food bank, Timbers reffing camps, and a women's shelter that provides support for low-income mothers with young children.
Mid-July Collins will embark on a journey to University of California, Berkeley, where she has earned a scholarship to study and play on their D1 women's soccer team.
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