Jasmine Barco ’20, Lawrenceville’s girls’ varsity soccer team goalie, talks about how she started playing the sport and what she looks forward to this season.
Natalia Ibarra: When did you start playing?
Jasmine Barco: I started playing soccer when I was in kindergarten because my dad wanted me to do something after school. I have been playing goalie for years. I played on a club team while I was in middle school and then switched to Lawrenceville’s varsity team my sophomore year.
NI: What is your favorite thing about being on the Lawrenceville team?
JB: My favorite part is watching the team grow and getting to know each other.[Individuals] start playing for each other, which is really nice. We are all great individual players but what's most important is how we play together as a team and how we adjust to play with each other’s skills and talents. I think just having a motivated team is what makes [this group] so great.
NI: What are you looking for this season?
JB: I am looking forward to winning the MAPL championships. Last year we won but it was a three-way tie between Blair, Peddie, and Lawrenceville. It didn’t really feel like we won. [This year], we just want to play our best against every MAPL team.
NI: What have been your career highlights?
JB: I think my favorite moments in my soccer career include me getting better at one-on-ones or break aways. A break away is when a forward gets to our defensive line so it is just me and the forward. I think I have gotten better at handling the situation because my confidence has grown proportion to my experience as a goalkeeper. As a result, I have put 100 percent into every game and practice. I really want our team to win.
NI: What do you outside of sports? Extracurriculars?
JB: I am prefect in the Stephens House. It has been amazing because we have some of the smartest and nicest girls. We all love each other. Our Housemaster, Mr. [Matt] Campbell, is incredibly caring.
I am the copy editor of LMag, Lawrenceville’s fashion magazine, a tour guide, and am in the Leopold Society.
I am also president of Artistic Aid for Morrison Hall, a club I established to paint landscapes with the elderly. In addition, I am a mentor for Big Red Writing, a community service project for local middle schoolers.
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