Veteran leadership is an important piece in helping a sports team succeed.
That is exactly what Roxboro Community School women’s soccer captain Katie King, one of two seniors on the Lady Bulldogs, brings to the table.
Playing soccer since she was five years old, King is an integral part of an RCS team that includes six freshman, six sophomores, and six juniors.
“I started out playing at Huck Sansbury on a Parks & Rec team,” said King. “I’m the only person on this year’s RCS team that has played all through middle and high school.”
Though travel soccer is not a part of King’s life, she knew in middle school that high school soccer was in the plans.
“I just love the sport so much,” said King. “I get to be on a team and build friendships, hanging out with my teammates everyday.”
King pondered the thought of playing collegiate soccer.
“I thought about just doing club soccer in college,” said King. “It’s not quite as much of a time commitment as varsity. I just want to focus on school, though.”
Along with teammate and senior Megan Whitlow, King is tasked with a variety of responsibilities.
“We help make sure everyone acts right, which reflects well on the school,” said King. “We make sure everyone has everything they need when coming to practice and games.”
Those responsibilities carry over to the playing field.
“During games, I mostly play defense,” said King. “I can always yell up and let teammates know what they need to do, move to a certain place, on task and not getting tired. I help make sure that everyone is playing to their full potential.”
King is also a midfielder, but defense is her specialty.
“We have a bunch of middies this year,” said King, who is one of 13 midfielders on her team. “I like playing defense – it’s important because you have to guard the goalie, making sure the ball doesn’t get past her.”
King is respected by all of her teammates and coaches. At games, she carries herself in a good light.
“I feel like I have a really positive attitude,” said King. “I’m just good at keeping everybody up to date with everything, and making sure everyone is having fun.”
After RCS’ season-opening, back-to-back losses against Orange and Person, the Lady Bulldogs righted the ship with consecutive victories against Vance Charter and Oxford Prep.
“Those two losses really hurt us, especially with disappointment from all the new people playing this year,” said King. “As soon as we got that first win, people became more excited to play. We know we can win.”
King is sorry to see the season come to such an abrupt halt in the wake of the coronavirus scare, but she hopes to continue meeting up with teammates over the sports break, which is now extended until at least May 15.
“We’re all really disappointed,” said King. “With Megan and I being seniors, it sucks that our final year is being messed up. We were both really looking forward to having a good senior year.”