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RE: Girl qualifies for Footlocker Nationals... declines invitation
Considering how fast she is and how she's built she may only be so good at soccer because she's so fast. Emily Lipari, now a sophmore at Villanova played club soccer for a pretty good team all through high school and I had friends/teammates who were mediocre sprinters/middle distance runners who played soccer against her and said she was a mediocre soccer player in terms of actual soccer skills but was able to play at a high level because she was so fast. Lipari is also incredibly tiny, she was around 4'11 for most of high school. The larger players have more power but sacrifice speed. Fast, small players can circumvent the aggression of the large players but as you get to higher and higher levels more and more speed is necessary. A bump from an average sized player to an average sized player won't have much impact but from an average sized player to someone built like this girl is going to hurt. Speed is necessary to avoid the contact.
I had another high school teammate who played club lacrosse at an elite level but was barely recruited because she was too small to really be competitive on the college level. And she was about 5'5 and probably 120 pounds but all muscle but she only ran high 19s for the 5k in cross and high 2:20s in the 800. If she had been faster it probably would have made up for her size.
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