PROVO, Utah – Shaylyn Orr has been waiting to play soccer longer than most of the other freshmen in this year's class due to an injury this summer. Today is the first day of practice and it couldn't have come soon enough.
"(Playing for BYU) is my dream," Orr said. "I can't wait to do it. I'm going to do everything I can."
Orr is one of three freshmen who played at Alta High School. She was also state champion in 2011 and runner-up in 2012. Orr also won a basketball state championship in 2011 for Alta. She was part of the Sparta United run of seven Utah State Cup championships.
While she didn't get to play much soccer this summer she did get to coach at the summer camps.
"It's cool being on the other side of it," Orr said. "It's fun to get to show everyone what you know and to interact and get to know lots of little kids who can possibly be our fans in the future."
She also learned she makes a pretty good coach.
"Being coached all those years, it's weird what you remember and what sticks with you," Orr said. "It's a lot easier than I thought it'd be."
The first scrimmage for the Cougars is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton. Orr can't wait to finally make it onto South Field.
"Being on South Field, that's hopefully going to be my sanctuary," Orr said. "I've been watching games there since I was a little girl, so I can't wait to be the player on the field."
Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Orr and all the other freshmen in the video below.