Texas midfielder got start with Lonestar Soccer
The Texas Longhorn soccer team got off to its best start in history, and a Lonestar Soccer Club alumna was a big reason why. Katie Glenn (Lonestar 97G ECNL) has been dominating this season. For her efforts, the junior midfielder was named the Big 12 Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week last month.
We caught up with Katie. She talks dedication, teamwork, and the love of the game.
Q: At what age did you start to play soccer, and when did you start to specialize? Was it a dream of yours to play college soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was around four years old. I started playing because of my older sister. I always wanted to follow her around and be just like her. I started to take the sport more seriously around middle school age, where I would dedicate majority of my time to soccer and travel. I knew at that point that it was a dream of mine to play at the collegiate level, so I began to train harder and focus on growing as a player in order to get recruited.
Q: What was your favorite part of club soccer at Lonestar? How was the transition from playing club ball to college ball?
Lonestar Soccer is a great club that develops high level players. It has a great reputation and produces quality results. I think the coaching staff is incredibly invested in their teams and players and made recruiting a smooth process. The club helped me make friends that will last a lifetime and travel the world. The transition from club to college soccer is definitely an adjustment. The speed of play is quicker and is a more physical environment, but playing at the college level is a humbling experience.
Q: What is your training like now as a collegiate athlete? Is it difficult to balance life as a student and an athlete?
Training as a college athlete is hard work. Winning games doesn’t just happen on its own. We train competitively. Every day we’re on the field and weight room. Having a team that feels like family and has the same mentality to give our 100 percent every day makes every day worth it. Being a student athlete definitely teaches you how to manage your time efficiently. We are treated with so much respect and have so much help here at UT, so being a student athlete is an awesome experience. Getting to earn a college degree while playing the sport we love is something special. School always comes first. Putting in the hard work in the classroom is a priority; we are students first, then athletes. I am truly blessed to have this opportunity at Texas.
Q: What is your favorite thing about going to UT?
My favorite thing about UT is definitely the tradition. There is no other school who shows more pride wearing their burnt orange and hollering the Texas Fight chant than UT. The academics here are the best you can get, and the athletic department receives so much support from its alumni and the city of Austin. Texas is a family.
Q: Any advice for Lonestar girls?
Advice for the Lonestar girls is just to keep working hard and have fun. Enjoy spending time with your teammates, and play for each other every game.
To learn more about Lonestar Soccer, visit us at www.lonestar-sc.com.
Article by Lonestar Soccer Club, photos by Texas Sports