Scoring Goals and Setting Records

Clods of grass soar through the air as the ball is kicked gracefully to and fro, back and forth. A combination of fluid motions leaves the defense behind and forgotten. All that is left is the goalie. After a few aggressive strides forward, the ball is shot powerfully past the goalkeeper and into the net. The crowd cheers and her teammates celebrate. For Robin Pollard, this is just one more goal to check off the list.

Pollard’s love of scoring boils down to much more than the sound of ball-in-net. She loves the entire sport.

“Soccer is really competitive, and I like playing with my teammates. It keeps me busy as well,” said Pollard.

Pollard’s motivations for playing are diverse. Her family, her father, and her coaches all play some role in her passion for soccer, although she tends to be personally motivated.

“I just want to help my team out as much as I can,” said Pollard.

Playing Varsity is challenging enough, especially on top of club soccer as well.

“On top of school soccer, I also play in Raleigh for CASL, which stands for Capital Area Soccer League. Club is usually during the fall and school is during the spring but they still overlap some. It can be difficult because school tournaments are during springtime– it is a lot of soccer,” said Pollard.

Pollard is hopeful for a college scholarship. Being only a sophomore, it is still very much a possibility.

“I’m looking at schools right now and I’ve started going on visits. I do anticipate going on some sort of soccer scholarship,” said Pollard. “Soccer is the biggest part of my life at this point. Its more of a lifestyle than a hobby.”

Pollard set the county record for amount of goals set in a season. Some motivation for Pollard’s goal scoring could be tied to a bet she had with her Dad. The more goals she scored, the better.

“My dad challenged me to score one hundred goals in club and high school by the end of my senior year. I’ve already completed that as a sophomore. I’m looking to continue my scoring pattern in the next several years,” said Pollard.