BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Freshman girls varsity soccer player Allie Post is making an immediate impact on the soccer field on a daily basis. Through the first six games of the season, she leads the team with seven goals and four assists.
For her early success in scoring a hat-trick in the 6-1 victory over Linden and scoring a goal with two assists in the 4-0 win over Oak Knoll, Allie Post is named Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week.
"Allie is composed beyond her age," said Gov. Livingston head soccer coach Mike Roof. "She's been playing at a high level for quite some time, so even competing against older/faster players has not been overwhelming or daunting for her."
Post started playing soccer for the Berkeley Heights Youth Soccer Club in third grade and played for the club through seventh grade. She credits the BHYSC for her love of the game. She currently plays for PDA ECNL, which she said helped her to improve her technique and play faster.
"She has a high soccer IQ, which is reinforced by her calmness with the ball at her feet and the decisions she makes when distributing possession," said Roof. "Her touch when playing a ball is one of the best I've ever seen, whether it's a 40 yard driven ball or a 20 yard floated ball into a tighter space. Generally speaking, she makes tremendous decisions on the field the majority of the time, which has contributed to our early season success." The team is 5-1 on the season.
Below are some additional comments from Allie regarding her past, present and future:
TAPinto: As a freshman, you have proven to be an offensive power for GL-- scoring 7 goals with 4 assists. What training helped you prepare for varsity soccer?
Allie: While at BHYSC, I did additional training with Tom Turnbull's Soccer Skills and Drills. Tom taught me a lot -- both on and off the field. I currently play for PDA ECNL and am lucky to train with coaches Mick Smith, Larry Hart, and Jeremy Beardsley. Playing for ECNL has helped me to improve my technique and play faster, both of which are important at the varsity level. Finally, Coach Roof has helped me gain the confidence to take the field.
TAPinto: What advice would you give to your fellow young players when playing among and against older varsity players?
Allie: Each time I have stepped up a level in my soccer, there has been an adjustment period that involves dealing with stronger, more technically sound players who play at faster speeds. This is always a challenge. It’s important to watch how your more experienced teammates handle themselves on the field and in practice. Work hard. Always watch and learn. Never underestimate, and always respect.
TAPinto: What has been the best advice you have received from a coach?
Allie: Coach Mick Smith (PDA) told me once that it doesn't matter what mistake you make – it’s what you do after the mistake that matters. Recovery is the key -- and really, it's good advice on and off the soccer field.
TAPinto: Do you have a pre-game ritual?
Allie: Not really. Usually I just listen to music and think about who we are playing and how we're going to need to play in order to win.
TAPinto: Do you have aspirations to play soccer in college?
Allie: I would absolutely love the opportunity to play soccer in college. It has always been a dream of mine.
TAPinto: Do you have a favorite subject?
Allie: If I had to pick a subject other than Gym, I would pick English. When I write, I am able to be creative with my thoughts and ideas, and I enjoy that.
TAPinto: Who is your favorite athlete?
Allie: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns/US Women's National Team) is my favorite athlete. I love the way she makes things happen on the field. She is exciting to watch. Also, she grew up in NJ and played for PDA, like I do now.
TAPinto: Do you have a role model? (And why)
Allie: I guess I would say my family as a whole. Everyone one in my family makes sacrifices to allow me to follow my passion. They offer support and encouragement. I hope to do the same for them.
TAPinto: What do you like to do when you are not playing a sport?
Allie: Mostly, when I am not playing or training for soccer, I play other sports like basketball. I love to hang out with my friends and my cousins in my free time. I am also hoping to join some clubs at school.
Delicious Heights Highlander Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Delicious Heights, a family restaurant with three locations; Berkeley Heights, Bedminster and Basking Ridge, where it is part of the Basking Ridge County Club operating a public restaurant with outdoor dining, and acting as the banquet caterer, boasting a facility with panoramic views of the sprawling golf course. Visit our website, www.deliciousheights.com for weekly specials including Happy Hour specials from 3-6pm and daily featured dinner and lunch specials. Delicious Heights....where our only limitations are yours!
Delicious Heights is located at 428 Springfield Avenue in Berkeley Heights. 908.464.3287; 285 Main Street in Bedminster. 908.234.1596; 185 Madisonville Road in Basking Ridge. 908.766.9499.