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Versatile Senior has Strong Soccer Instincts

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Allie Bratt, right, celebrates scoring a goal against Bronxville.
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North Salem senior Allie Bratt is a forward and team captain on the varsity girls soccer team. She’s also on the varsity basketball and softball teams.

How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?

I was probably 5 when I started playing soccer in the backyard with my family. At 7, I started playing club soccer.

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What are the team’s expectations/goals this season?

We are looking forward to a great season! Each game we are improving! As a team, our goal is to continue to improve and build the chemistry necessary to take us to states. We have lots of good positive energy. One team, one dream.

What do you think are your strengths as a soccer player?

I think I am a versatile player with pretty good soccer instincts. I enjoy playing both offense and defense. I try to be a smart player.

As a senior, how do you see your role on the team, and how much do you value being a team leader?

My goal is to be a positive role model for all my teammates. I work hard at practice and in games. There are three captains again this year. We work really well together.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Pregame warmups on our home field is my favorite time. I love the music in the background and the team energy. We have a great group of girls!

As a three-sport athlete, how do you manage to balance athletics and schoolwork throughout the year?

It is definitely difficult at times, but I enjoy learning and the challenge that each of the sports provides. I like to be busy.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My mom is the hardest worker that I know. She put herself through school, and now has a successful job teaching. I admire her determination, compassion and belief in my brother and me.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

Recently, my eye doctor determined that I am color-blind. It wasn’t a big surprise to my friends and family!

Do you plan on continuing to play soccer in college? If yes, where are you going and why did you choose that school?

Yes, I look forward to playing soccer in college. I am currently in the process of choosing a school.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Ever since I was a little girl I have been teaching. I was constantly teaching my dolls and stuffed animals about things I learned. When I go to college I plan to become a secondary teacher.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?

Abby Wambach is a favorite of mine. I was actually part of a group of young soccer players who heard her speak. She is a very “real” person. Abby shared many stories and took pictures with each of us. The picture of us together hangs on our refrigerator.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

My teammates bring a current pop playlist to pregame. I love to play with music!

If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

I would definitely want the ability to read minds. I would be able to read a player’s mind, know where they want to go with the ball, and stop them before they could take another step.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Turks and Caicos. One of my best friends went there a while back and had a blast. I love the white sand beaches and clear blue water. It looked like a kick!

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?

Before a game, I don’t eat much, I snack. After a game, I love chocolate milk.

Best place to eat in North Salem?

Hayfields is my personal favorite and I am not alone on that!

Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram? Why?

Hands down, Snapchat. I have a group of friends that use comic relief through Snapchat.

For a young athlete growing up in North Salem, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?

There are many life lessons that sports teach athletes. Sports are not just athletics. I believe that North Salem has an excellent soccer program! Coach Bob Martin is always positive and pushing us to reach our potential. The relationships that we develop will last a lifetime.

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