By McKell McIntyre
Photos by Kurt Johnson
Seventeen-year-old Cameron Tucker already has an impressive and lengthy list of accomplishments, achieved over roughly 12 years of playing soccer.
Tucker started playing soccer at the age of five after receiving encouragement from her mom and now she just completed a four-year run as a forward and midfielder for the Lone Peak girls soccer team. Arguably one of Lone Peak’s best players ever, she is memorialized in the school’s record book for the most goals made in a single season (22 goals in 2015) as well as the most goals made over the course of her high school career (50).
It is not an exaggeration to say that you cannot go a day at Lone Peak without hearing Tucker’s name at least once, and for good reason. Tucker recently made the watch list for the 2016 All American Game. The senior was one of four girls selected to have the chance to represent Utah in a game against the best high school athletes in the country.
Tucker said she is preparing for the game by, “staying in shape, practicing, resting, hydrating, and [getting the right] nutrition.”
In 2014 Tucker committed to play soccer collegiately at Brigham Young University and anxiously awaits her chance to represent them.
“I love their style of play…I love the way they possess the ball and move it up [to] the top,” Tucker said. “I’m excited to continue my career playing there, their coaches are awesome, I just love them all.”
In addition to playing soccer, Tucker is excited to attend the university because she, “love[s] the values that BYU has.”
In addition to hours of practice, Tucker attributes her success to her coach, Heather Dahl.
“She’s an awesome coach, I love her to death,” Tucker said. “She’s helped me both tactically and technically. She’s always making sure that I’m improving. She’s always made sure that I wasn’t just staying at [the same] level, and that I’m always doing my best.”
Practicing with Dahl not only helped Tucker improve as a player, but also helped her to realize her full potential. With a hectic schedule, balancing both soccer and school, Tucker finds it difficult to keep up at times.
“You always hear, ‘You’re a student athlete’ and you really are a student first,” Tucker said. “It takes a lot of hard work but it’s all worth it in the end when you’re ahead of your school work and you can go out and play soccer.”
Her advice to student athletes is to get plenty of sleep, to be disciplined when studying, and to work hard in school. Although she is a young player herself, Tucker hopes to inspire kids just starting to play soccer.
“Always work to keep on getting better,” she said. “Don’t let anyone ever determine how you’re going to play. Go out and play how you want to play no matter what anyone tells you.”
Tucker hopes to continue to be a good role model to those who look up to her. Her values, in addition to her skills, make her an impressive player both on and off the field.
Lone Peak High junior McKell McIntyre wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program, powered by Bank of American Fork, which will award two of our published student journalists college scholarships at the end of the school year. McIntyre’s favorite classes are AP Language, AP U.S. History and Journalism. In her free time, she enjoys planning service projects for her club, Rising Sun Service. Her hobbies also include singing, dancing, photography and spending time with her friends.