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Monday, November 12, 2012 Flames Focus: Rebecca Smith

For the next post in my blog series on Liberty’s incredible student athletes, I got the opportunity to talk with Lady Flames soccer player Rebecca Smith.  

Rebecca grew up on a farm in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. She enjoyed playing in the outdoors with her siblings, and, as little girl, she discovered a sport that she would grow to love.

Rebecca enjoyed growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania.

Rebecca’s older sister, Sarah, played soccer and, as the younger sister, Rebecca naturally wanted to get in on the action. As a four-year-old girl, Rebecca begin playing soccer and never quit. In middle school, she grew serious about the sport and realized that it was something she wanted to do for a long time.

Rebecca attended Harrisburg Christian School, where she dominated on the field. At the beginning of her freshman year, she set a goal to score over 100 goals throughout her high school career. She had no problem reaching her objective. Throughout her time at Harrisburg Christian, Rebecca put the ball into the net 169 times and shattered her school’s record for all-time goals.

Rebecca posted a school record of 169 goals in her high school career.

Along with her many personal accomplishments, Rebecca achieved along with her team. Throughout her high school career, her Lady Knights brought home two Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference titles.

While she was dominating on the high school field, Rebecca began to search for the college that was right for her. She heard about Liberty from her parents and tried out for the Lady Flames soccer team during her sophomore year. Liberty offered her a spot, but she still didn’t know if it was fit for her. Eventually, God made it clear to Rebecca that Liberty was the place that He wanted her to go.

Rebecca is loving every minute of her time as a Lady Flame. (Photo Courtesy of Liberty Athletics)

In the fall of 2011, Rebecca began a massive transition from high school to college. She had attended a small high school and graduated in a class of 34, but she was now one of over twelve thousand residential students and a soccer player for a D1 NCAA athletic program. Rebecca said that her first couple of weeks at Liberty were “pretty rough,” but her teammates were amazing and made her feel welcome right away.

Rebecca pushed through her first couple of weeks at Liberty and began enjoying an experience like none other. She believes that there has been no other team like the one she was on this year. In between pre-season practices her team’s seniors shared their testimonies.  Rebecca said that her teammates are unified and constantly praying for each other. “It’s been amazing. I couldn’t have done anything without these girls, and it’s pretty much like a family,” she said.

Rebecca (3rd from left) isn't just part of a team at Liberty; she's part of a second family. 

Rebecca doesn’t just love her teammates; she also loves her coaches. They frequently go out of their way for her and her teammates. “They’re constantly praying for us. It’s really great. You know you can really count on them, and there always putting God first, before anything. You don’t have that anywhere else.” Rebecca said.

Rebecca isn’t only enjoying being a Liberty athlete; she’s also enjoying being a Liberty student. Her favorite thing about her college is its environment. Rebecca said that there’s nothing like being at Liberty and being around people, who “really want to do what God wants them to do.”

 

 
Watch this video of Rebecca scoring a goal at VMI. (Video by Eric Quinton)

Right now, Rebecca is majoring in exercise science and intends to minor in nutrition. She hopes to possibly one day develop nutritional programs for children in third world countries, who have diseases from eating contaminated foods or having no food at all.

Rebecca has done an incredible job representing the Flames throughout her first two seasons at Liberty. Her team doesn’t only represent Liberty, but it also represents Jesus Christ on the field. As Rebecca prepares for her last two seasons as a Flame, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her both on and off the field.


 
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