A Verona soccer player has been playing the sport under the leadership of her father for years. Now, she plays under the leadership of her coach and proves to be a leader herself on the field. That player is Rebecca Seubert and she is this week's TAPinto Verona/Cedar Grove Hillbilly Athlete of the Week.

"It's a great honor," Seubert said. "I could not have done it without my coach Kerrin Goosman and the talented girls on my team who teach me something new every time we practice."

Like being on any new team, Seubert said she had to adjust to Coach Kerrin Goosman's coaching style.

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"Adapting to Kerrin's coaching style and changing mentally how to play the game," Seubert said of the team's challenges. "We as a team give one hundred percent to her both in practices and during games."

Although adjusting to a new coach and team would be a challenge for any player, Seubert said she and her teammates have adjusted well and Goosman has been helping Seubert to reach her goals.

"As a team, we want to play the best soccer we can in both practices and games," Seubert said. "Personally, I want to improve my game by practicing with Kerrin and my skilled teammates."

This season, the Hillbillies, as well as Seubert, have seen great improvement from last year. Although the Hillbillies have had some losses, the high school junior is happy with her team's growth from the previous season and said the scoreboard does not always reflect her team's performance.

The season's first game was a great example of the team's stellar performance despite the numbers on the scoreboard.

"Although our season's opening game was a loss against Bernards Mountaineers 1-0, our coach considered it a 'win' because we held them to one goal," Seubert said. "Bernards record last year was 12-8 while ours last year was 3-15."

Seubert's dedication and leadership in each practice and game is a huge part of what makes the Hillbillies so successful, Goosman said.

"Rebecca is one of our hardest working players. She understands the game tactically, which allows her to both act and communicate effectively with her teammates from a defensive standpoint," Goosman added. "She is respected by myself and her teammates for her consistent hard work and dedication, and we’re all incredibly grateful for her ability to lead by example."

For Seubert, leading by example is something she learned from her father. Soccer has always been a family activity for the star player who has had her dad at every game cheering her on.

"My passion for soccer started at a young age due to my father, who has coached me from the sideline at almost every game," Seubert said. "But I also consider my teammates and coach to be family. We push each other hard and have a few laughs while we're at it."