Before she even played her first collegiate soccer game, Kayla Folse was asked by her coach to set goals for herself for the season ahead.
She jotted down three.
“At the beginning of the season our coach made us write down a few goals,” Folse said. “Mine were to be able to start, score at least three goals and become an All-American by my senior year.”
All three are lofty and two have already been checked off the list by the former Navarre soccer standout just a month into her freshman season at Thomas University in Georgia.
Folse has played in nine games, starting once, and has struck for a team-high four goals. She has also dished out two assists for the NAIA Night Hawks.
Perhaps what is most impressive about what Folse has done is that back in the spring when she signed with Thomas, she admitted there was a point prior to that where she wasn’t even sure if she was going to get to play at the college level.
Head coach Julie Orlowski took notice at a camp and offered Folse a chance to play for the Night Hawks. She hasn’t looked back.
“It was surprising at first how well I did but I’ve been working hard and it’s paying off,” Folse said.
Practice has played a big part in her success.
“We separate the defense from the offense and so I’m spending a lot of time working on shooting, gaining possession and dribbling around,” Folse said. “We’re taught how to deal with pressure situations and that helps in games.”
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