For certain people in the world, limitations and obstacles are usually seen as dead ends. For others, they are just speed bumps on the road of life. Taylor Spreckelmeyer, a senior at Hermann High School, kept the latter mentality when figuring out how to obtain a soccer college scholarship even though Hermann High has no soccer program.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I’ve been five,” Spreckelmeyer recalled. “I have always loved soccer and I knew I wanted to play a sport in college-I just didn’t know what. I have always liked a challenge.”
Once Spreckelmeyer recognized her true passion for the sport, she attended many workshops, camps, and traveled the state to perfect her skills. Even through being a busy student, being involved in various clubs and sports, she still managed to find time to work out and train for the sport despite having an actual school team.
Her hard work and dedication soon payed off when she was approached by Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa to play soccer in the fall of 2018, making her the first student from Hermann High School to obtain a soccer scholarship.
“I am apart of this recruiting program called the MCSA which helps give me publicity. [I use this] so the coaches could see me. That’s how Indian Hills found me,” Spreckelmeyer informed.
“I’ll be at Indian Hills for two years, and then I plan on transferring to a four year university to get a degree in sports medicine and play Division One soccer,” Spreckelmeyer added.
Spreckelmeyer hopes she is able to encourage others to step out of the social norms and let nothing stand in the way of their dreams.