PROVO, Utah – BYU freshman goalkeeper Sabrina Macias isn’t going to be as unique on this year’s BYU team as she has been growing up, but she will be having a year unlike most.
“I’ve grown up and always been the only member (of the church) on the team,” Macias said. “It was hard to find people with the same values as you. Being here is awesome because I’m around girls that have the same values as me.
“That’s what I’m looking forward to – the spiritual aspect.”
Having more in common with her teammates is a plus, but she probably won’t be suiting up for a full practice any time soon as she recovers from an offseason surgery.
“Mentally, it’s pretty tough, but at the same time I’ve already had two surgeries and I’ve overcome both those and come back stronger,” Macias said. “Coach said he wants me around the goalkeepers (at practice). I wouldn’t say it’s an advantage, but I know what to expect with coach, so it gives me hope to know what I need to do and what I need to look forward to when I’m about to start playing again.”
Her time as an observer will hopefully be well spent as have been her invitations to youth national team camps for the United States. While representing her country was nice, the extra training was better.
“It’s really competitive,” Macias said. “You’re surrounded by girls who are at the same level you are. Every camp I went to they taught me something new every time I was there. What’s so cool about it, is playing for your country, but what’s better is you’re developing as a player and that’s probably what I loved the most when I was at camp.”
Macias joins Ashley Hatch, Nadia Gomes and Carla Swensen as Cougars who have youth national team experience with the U.S., Portugal and Colombia, respectively.
This week, Macias was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Freshman Team, even though she won’t be competing this year. For the full release visit TopDrawerSoccer.com.