Martino focused on return to the field

Tori Martino is four months removed from a devastating ACL tear that wiped out her senior soccer season.

“It sucked having it cut so short, especially being a senior,” Martino said.

Her coach, Rob Simon, helped ease her mind by having her look at the situation in a different light.

“Coach Simon talked to me after I tore it and said, ‘It’s all right. It’s just one season,’” Martino said. “I wanted to be out there with my team, but I kept the thought in my head that it’s just one season.”

One can only wonder what kind of season it might have been.

Martino had high hopes after her junior season didn’t play out the way she hoped from a statistical standpoint. She was determined to make up for it as a senior.

With All-American Emily Madril set to graduate a semester early and head to Florida State, Martino was positioned to fill the void and attract the attention of college coaches. She had scored 41 goals over the past two seasons, including 22 as a sophomore.

“I didn’t feel like last year was my best year, so I was going to wait until my senior year to sign with a team,” Martino said. “I was going to step up and be a top scorer.”

Everything changed in a game Nov. 21 against Milton.

“It was a no-contact injury. I remember passing the ball to Emily. A defender stepped in front and I got back in front of her and my knee wobbled. I never felt that before. My first thought was to get back up because I didn’t want to miss the game against Gulf Breeze the next week.”

Read the full article in the March 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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