It’s a zoo out there.
OK, so maybe that’s a stretch – to describe what goes on during a soccer match in such terms – but should it ever come down to it, Marissa Molnar will be ready.
That’s because one, the Houston County High student-athlete signed a scholarship to continue her soccer career and two, she plans on becoming a veterinarian.
Not just any veterinarian, but one for “exotic” animals. Wesleyan, which is where she signed her Letter of Intent Tuesday at Houston County High, she said is just the first stage. She’ll major in biology there and then transfer, she said, to another school where she can complete her degree.
“I’ve just always loved animals,” she said. “Going to the zoo and seeing them – the wildlife.”
Molnar has been playing soccer since she was 4. The “family” sport was/is “softball, but “I wanted to try something different,” she said. As far as signing with the Lady Wolves – a 7-9-1 team last year – it didn’t hurt – getting noticed-wise – that the assistant coach (presumably Seth Semones) was also the coach of her club team. He in turn, “wanted me to come and tour the school, and when I did, I fell in love with it.
“I got to sit in on some of their classes and I loved the environment and everything. I really got along with everybody on the team, so that’s where I wanted to go.”
Several things excite her about doing so. One is scoring more goals – one of the skills/traits the coaches love about her game, she said, was being “aggressive”, so that’s a definite possibility. Two is to get a little bit more time on the field and two, is seeing how different it is than high school soccer.
Speaking of which, that, has worked out very well for her.
She started in goal for the Lady Bears her sophomore year. She was in goal when Houston County won region two years ago, moved to midfield this past year and has, Head Coach Eric DeVoursney said, “Been a huge piece of our puzzle for the last four years. Whatever we ask her to do, she does, and she does it with a smile on her face.”
And currently with a Lady Bear in her heart. That will never change … “I’ll never forget them (her teammates) …” no matter how many additional animals she adds to the mix (Wolves included).