Boonville senior Kate Peterson wasn’t even thinking about playing soccer in college until she was approached by the soccer coach at Truman State University in Kirksville.
While Peterson’s older sister, Paige, currently plays for Truman State University, they will now form a tandem after signing a letter of intent last Wednesday in the media center at Boonville High School.
Peterson said she chose Truman State University because it has a great graphic design program.
“I liked the coaches and the team, and the idea of getting to play soccer with my sister was super exciting,” Peterson said.
Boonville Lady Pirates soccer coach Kaz James said she is excited to have the opportunity to coach Peterson this season.
“I am very excited to get the chance to work with her,” James said. “From what I know from her the last three years, Kate is a big player in the midfield and will be a huge help to us this season as well.”
While playing midfield in 2017, Peterson still managed to score nine goals for the Lady Pirates while dishing out 12 assists.
Although Peterson has been playing for 14 years, she said she still needs to improve on playing the ball out on the air and improve her left foot.
“I hope that in 1-2 years I can get some major playing time, and hopefully have an impact on the team,” Peterson said. “As for 3-4 years, I would like to be a leader on the team, and be a huge part of it.’
While Truman State University was her No. 1 pick to play soccer in college, Peterson said she can play anywhere on the field position-wise but enjoys being a defensive-mid.
The skies definitely the limit for Peterson, who has already earned all-conference and all-district three years running and honorable-mention all-state two years in a row.
As for the highlight of her career so far with one season left to play, Peterson said it had to be winning back to back district titles against Southern Boone. “That is always a fun game because both teams are competitive,” Peterson said.
As for the biggest influence on her while playing soccer, Peterson said her sister always pushed her to be a better player.
“We are a year apart, so I have always looked up to her and wanted to play at the same level,” Peterson said. “Playing with my sister is part of the season I love the sport.”