By Catherine Tschabitzer
Photo by Kurt Johnson
Graduation could have taken its toll on the Alta girls soccer team heading into the 2015 season, but with senior midfielder Breanna DeWaal returning, much of the potential impact was negated. DeWaal, who has played soccer since she was four years old, finds her greatest joy on the pitch.
“I love soccer,” DeWaal said. “It is a great thing being surrounded by such amazing teammates and coaches. It’s so fun.”
The fun came through in her performance as DeWaal earned first-team all-state honors after leading the Hawks to a Region 7 co-championship. A loss in the state quarterfinals ended the season a bit prematurely, but the senior was one of the state’s breakout stars this fall.
Aside from soccer, DeWaal snowboards and plays basketball. Fitness and sports are her passion and her goal is to go into the health unit when she is older. She wants to become a personal trainer.
After scoring eight total goals during her sophomore and junior years, DeWaal, a playmaker who is as talented defensively as she is offensively, found the net 16 times this season. Her specialty was beating goalkeepers from distance. She is also an outstanding playmaker and works with her teammates to deliver results.
“Soccer definitely has taught me how to work hard in the game and in everyday life, for me it all comes down to work ethic,” Dewaal said. “We have each other’s backs, that’s what it’s all about. We are a family.”
DeWaal is a passionate soccer player, and puts all she has into the game. That spirit is aided by the support she receives at home.
“My family is very supportive,” DeWaal said. “They show up to all my games, and push me to do better every day.”