If you follow FCUSA, you have heard about our core values of teamwork, respect, integrity, and commitment. Over the past few years, we have been keeping track of an impressive example of perseverance, a young woman named Katie Perlowitz. We are excited to share her story with our youngsters and families.
During Katie’s senior year of high school, she did not make her high school varsity team.
Katie attended Bridgewater-Raritan High School which is historically a girls soccer powerhouse. She played junior varsity as a sophomore and junior and anticipated senior year would be her opportunity to shine on the field and have fun with friends she grew up with. The day Katie found out she didn’t make the team she was shocked. She was embarrassed. During this emotional time, Katie had a big decision to make.
Instead of giving up on soccer, Katie decided to work harder than ever to achieve her dream of playing college soccer. Katie knew that crunch time for the college recruiting season would be with her club team during November and December of her senior year. Determined to overcome the upsetting news, Katie worked with her longtime coach Dominic Rice on a plan.
The story starts at age eight when Katie met Dom while playing for her town team Bridgewater Soccer Association. At age twelve, Katie decided she needed a step up in commitment for her club soccer team and joined our club mainly due to the relationship she had with coach Dom.
Fast forward back to September and October of Katie’s senior high school year, while she was not playing high school soccer. Katie coordinated times with coach Dom to do personal workouts to prepare for the college showcase club season. She was not giving up.
Later that fall, Katie played in front of over one hundred college coaches for her club soccer team. Her training allowed her to be recruited by both Susquehanna University and Goucher College. She decided to go with Susquehanna.
Katie remembers coach Dom being pivotal in directing college coaches to attend their club games. With fifteen years of experience coaching high school girls, Dom has created relationships with many coaches up and down the east coast. Not only is he able to contact a coach for a player, but he has earned the trust to be able to recommend a player when nobody else is recruiting them.
When we asked Katie why she chose Susquehanna, “I loved the school and the campus, but the main reason is that the Susquehanna soccer coach reminded me of Dominic. They have the same coaching style, so I felt very comfortable in that environment.”
As a college freshman playing in the Landmark Conference, Katie played in twelve games. Last year as a sophomore, Katie played in 20 games, scoring two goals, including a game-winning goal against Moravian College.
This year, Katie has been an influential player coming off the bench for the 9-3-1 River Hawks.
Katie continued, “I am very happy I decided to stick with it and continue playing soccer in college. I want to thank everything the club did for me, especially coach Dom. He always believed in me. That allowed me to stay in love with the game even through a rough stretch.”
At FCUSA we try to teach life lessons through soccer. We want our student-athletes to embrace that the journey to becoming successful at anything, is not always a steady climb to the top. There can be painful and frustrating moments as well as sacrifices. Some of the most important moments in development are how you react and learn from tough times. Great job Katie showing your