Liberty student athletes prepare for collegiate soccer

December 20, 2011

By Christina Lords

Kimberly Fry, Liberty senior midfielder (right), and Nicole Candioglos, Skyline senior midfielder, brace for impact with the soccer ball during a Sept. 6 match. By Christopher Huber

Liberty High School seniors Cassidy Nangle and Kimi Fry know success on the soccer field isn’t something that’s just handed to you.

“You just have to make sure you put in the dedication and hard work, and it really pays off for you,” Fry said. “You can’t just hope for it, you have to work for it every day.”

For Nangle, soccer has been something she keeps going back to because even though the sport requires time, dedication and sacrifice, there’s nothing sweeter in the world than winning a close game or helping a team make it to the state championship match.

“There’s no other greater feeling than that reward, that payoff,” she said. “Success requires sacrifice. It’s a sport that lives by that quote. I’ve thrived on that. I feel like you have to be very self-motivated, very team-oriented to be successful in this sport.”

After developing a strong foundation in soccer here — at Liberty and playing on competitive club teams — both girls will be going on to play the sport in college.

The foundation in soccer they’ve been able to find here — through Liberty’s varsity team and competitive club and youth teams —— has enabled them to set their sights on new goals: playing the sport in college.

Nangle, who said she’s played the sport since she was 10, will take off for the University of Oklahoma in January. Fry, who started youth soccer as a 6-year-old, has committed to the University of San Diego to play there next year.

For Nangle, finding a school with athletic prowess wasn’t the only thing on her checklist. She wanted a university that would provide academic opportunities as well, she said.

Her fascination with how the human body works and her need for a high-intensity job has sparked an interest in nursing as a career path, she said.

“I know I couldn’t sit in a cubicle all day,” she said. “Soccer always has me meeting new people. It’s made me very social over the years. Nursing is like that in a way. I’m excited to meet new people every day.”

Although Fry started looking at colleges her sophomore year of high school, she said she wasn’t sure if she would be able to find a school that fit. She said she’d like to major in a business-related field.

“I actually thought I wasn’t going to play soccer,” she said. “I had my bar set really high … and then I found USD. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity. I guess it all paid off.”

Both girls said they’re excited to contribute to a new team.

“I just need to prepare to be at my best, even before preseason,” Fry said. “I want to show that I’m going to be a strong freshman and be able to play at their level.”

Liberty coach Jamie Giger said as team captains, Fry and Nangle have been an integral part of this year’s successful season for the Patriots. The team took second place in this year’s 3A state soccer championship.

“Both of them have such a good composure on the ball,” she said. “I think that’s going to carry over for them. They’ve played really highly competitive youth soccer, and that will carry over for them, too. I just think they’re ready for this.”

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