Interview with Michelle Enyeart
October 15, 2008 10:00 PM
Two-time US Youth Soccer adidas Golden Boot award winner
In 2005, the Under-18 Girls Laguna Hills Eclipse (Cal-South) made a run for the title of US Youth Soccer National Champions, and although the team didn't capture the title, one standout player, Michelle Enyeart, made herself known. Enyeart's outstanding level of play and number of goals scored at the US Youth Soccer National Championships earned her the prestigious adidas Golden Boot award as most outstanding player.
Enyeart started stacking her soccer resume earlier that year as a member of the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) Girls Region IV Under-18 team. The team won the regional tournament to earn one of four slots at the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships where she was again awarded the adidas Golden Boot award for her outstanding play.
Competing in the two most elite programs in youth soccer, hard work, determination and gifted coaches put Enyeart at the top of college recruit lists, which eventually landed her in the position as the lead forward for the fourth-ranked Portland Pilots and a place on the U.S. Under-20 National Team.
Soccer America's Bryan Alvarez recently sat down with the highly decorated player who is Chile-bound for the world championships next month with the U-20s to find out more about Enyeart.
RISING STAR: Michelle Enyeart
HOMETOWN: Hehmet, Calif.
HIGH SCHOOL: Hehmet
YOUTH CLUB: Laguna Hills Eclipse
INTERNATIONAL: U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team
STARTING OUT: I just had the passion for soccer. It's the sport I fell in love with.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: When I first played club ball, we won the state championship.
FIRST CLEATS: Something really cheap from Big 5 or a pair of baseball cleats with the front
cleat cut off.
CURRENT CLEATS: Nike Mercurial Vapors.
OTHER SPORTS: I played baseball, volleyball, track, cross country and basketball.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Denver Broncos, LA Galaxy, England national team, U.S. national team (men's and women's).
FAVORITE PLAYER: I love the way Marta plays and I love Zinedine Zidane.
FAVORITE MOVIES: I like shoot 'em up bloody movies. I like S.W.A.T. and * Heads in a Duffel Bag.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Unsolved Mysteries.
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: It's a real community, the school and the team. I take a lot of criminal justice classes. I'm really focused on school so I don't have much of a social life. I really love the entire experience.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: I have two. Nick Laytart was my first club coach. Also, Mike Nicholson. He's now an assistant at the University of San Diego.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): Go at 'em!
HOBBIES: Singing, going on nature walks, photography and painting.
MUSIC: I like soft acoustic stuff, real chill music.
READING: I don't like reading.
VACATION: I really liked Costa Rica. I really want to go to Africa.
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