PSV Union 94G & USA U15 & 18 National team squad member Annie Kingman will play NCAA D1 soccer in 2014 for the legendary 21 x NCAA Champions North Carolina Tarheels Womens Soccer coached by 7 x NCAA Coach of the Year Anson Dorrance. Visit Annie and her PSV Union 95G teammates on their Fan Page on www.Pass2me.com
What made you choose UNC? Did you have any other offers and interest?
I had a few other interests, but UNC was always at the top of my list. I visited a few schools before UNC, but the second I stepped on the campus I knew that it was the place for me. Every player and coach has a huge passion for the game and it's contagious. The coaches are so inspiring and truly care about each individual player, on and off the field.
How did you get noticed by UNC?
Gary, Simon and Carine have always helped me keep in touch with UNC. They have had a strong relationship with the coaches there for a number of years and have trained players who have played for UNC in the past. Former Tarheel player and staff coach and USA WNT player Lorrie Fair was also on the PSV staff. My coaches at PSV helped me immensely with the process by communicating with the UNC coaches about my development at PSV. Without their help I would never have been able to achieve this dream. My coaches teach me everyday about the importance of communication and this skill has helped me immensely in all aspects of my life. They’ve taught me to be proactive by being fantastic role models. Assistant Coach Chris Ducar saw me play in the Las Vegas College Showcase and forrmer UNC player and asst coach Cindy Parlow coached me at an id2 camp, and they saw me play in Sunrise, Florida for the U15 national camp.
How would you describe yourself as a player?
I would describe myself as a playmaking midfielder. I love to be on the ball and bring others into the rhythm of the game. I also love to shoot and to help create and score goals.
How long have you been at PSV Union?
I have been at PSV Union since the spring of my 6th grade year, so I have been playing here for six years.
What does a typical week of soccer look like for you? # of practices and games?
During the week we have team training on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have a small group training on Thursday. On the weekends we usually have one game and/or a practice. If we don't have team practice, I will train on my own. I train everyday whether it's with or without the team.
What do you emphasize in your trainings?
In training we put a huge emphasis on technique. Every practice begins with some kind of technical work. We focus on technique because it is the foundation for other parts of the game and it must be constantly refined in order to improve.
Are there any good young players coming through the club?
Absolutely, there are multiple players coming up through PSV. There are kids in the academy who can do thing with the ball that took me years to achieve. We have promising young players, both girls and boys, in our club at every age level.
What are some of your best experiences in soccer?
I have had countless experiences in the game but a few stand out. First was my trip to England with the club. We had the opportunity to watch Liverpool play at Anfield, which was an unforgettable experience. We also got to play other youth academy teams. The trip was an incredible learning experience and such an amazing opportunity. Second was getting to meet Marta. Carine Ireland gave me the incredible opportunity to meet her after watching her play at the Home Depot Center. It was an incredible experience. Also, my family and I travelled to Germany this summer and watched the Women's World Cup. We saw US, Mexico, and Brazil play. It was so inspiring. Finally, the USA U15 National camp in Florida was an amazing experience. The players were all so talented and I was honored to be able to train and play with them.
What are your long term goals in soccer?
I want to take the game as far as I possibly can. I've always dreamed of playing for the full national team one day. I also want to play professionally. I love the game and I will play for as long as I physically can.
Any advice for young players wishing to pursue soccer in college?
Set goals for yourself and work as hard as you can. Every moment is an opportunity to improve so always put 100% into everything you do. Watch the game on TV and touch the ball every day.
Who is your favorite player and team?
My favorite player is Steven Gerrard for Liverpool. I've watched him play for years and his determination and dedication to Liverpool is inspiring. He has an amazing striking and passing ability and is relentless on the defensive side of the game. I also love to watch Messi, and I loved watching Zidane.
Who has been the greatest influence on you as a player?
I have had a lot of people influence me in my life. My coach, Carine Ireland, has been a tremendous role model for me during my years at PSV Union. She is someone who has achieved what I hope to achieve on the women's side of the game. She inspires me to train as hard I can and to always give 100% effort. She works harder than anyone, both on and off the field. She has presented me with countless opportunities and she cares so much for her players' development. I have learned so much from her example.
How have your coaches helped you grow and develop as a player. What have you learned from them?
My coaches at PSV Union have helped me improve so much. They are all high level players themselves, so we learn a ton from simply playing with and against them. They are so knowledgeable and know exactly how to help us achieve our goals. They provide us with videos and articles that help us learn about the game. Everything we do at practice is purposeful and we are constantly improving. More than anything, my coaches have so much passion for the game. This passion creates a fantastic atmosphere in our club and inspires all of us to work hard.
Annie is a long time fan of Steven Gerrard