Kristen Reilly: Key Leader on Women's Soccer Team
Kristen Reilly is a junior political science major from Mahopac, NY. Not only is she a member of the women’s soccer team at Marist College, but she has been a key asset to the team since her freshman year.
Reilly has started in 42 of the 57 games played since her freshman year, tallying up 1423 minutes on the field and 38 shots on goal. Reilly, number 3 for the Red Foxes, has been playing soccer since she was just 6 years old. Reilly described her decision to play college soccer, stating: “It was the end of eighth and early ninth grade, that’s when you had to make the decision to play in college.”
Reilly looked at different division two schools, as she had been told she was too small to play Division I. Reilly stated: “The Division I aspect scared me a little bit. I had looked at Division I schools before and they told me that I wasn’t the right size for Division I. They didn’t think I could handle it, I also didn’t think I'd get a lot of playing time.”
After meeting with Marist she decided to give it a shot, and immediately was given the playing time. She started almost every game her freshman year, and racked up the most points of her college career.
As a student athlete, Reilly and her teammates struggle to compete with a normal college career, constantly practicing even in off season, and finding time to study. Reilly stated that she is constantly studying and working on homework while travelling with the team, and even in the locker room before a game.
“It’s really demanding scheduling wise, especially in the off-season because we practice all of the off- season and the lifting is a lot heavier which takes a toll on you.”
Reilly is excited for the upcoming year and being one of the few seniors on the team, taking on more responsibility and showing the underclassmen how to take on such a demanding schedule.