Student-Athlete Spotlight

Senior soccer season slips away

Kelsey Weiser deals with disappointment


Kelsey Weiser’s senior soccer season at Heritage High School in Littleton was a big disappointment.

The season was canceled by the Colorado High School Activities Association because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Frustrating could describe it, but I think more disappointment,” said Weiser, who will going in the fall to the Leeds Business School at the University of Colorado. “I mean, I can’t be angry because this is a world pandemic. It’s just not affecting me but literally everyone.

“So disappointment would be a better word that describes it because it’s been something I’ve been looking forward to since freshman year — all the sports canceled but also prom, graduation, hanging out with my friends and that kind of thing. Finally getting that closure and then not going to get your spring season was pretty sad, but I had a feeling that it was going to happen.”

Weiser, a center back on Heritage’s back line defense, led the team with six goals in nine games last season.

“The cross country coach should have given me a call because of how much running I’ve been doing,” she continued. “That’s how I’ve been staying active. I’ve been trying to get in little runs, three miles or so every day. At this point I’m just hoping I will be able to go to school in the fall.”

“I actually scored a bunch last year, which was super rewarding. I just wanted to do that again and end my high school career with a bang. My free kick game was on point last season. I scored five goals off free kicks.

Coach’s take:

`She has always been a leader on the team and a fierce competitor. She has always pushed herself to become a better player, which in turn pushes others to be better. She has a great sense of humor and positive attitude. Kelsey has truly grown into a role model for younger athletes on and off the field.’

Kia Gudewicz,

Heritage girls soccer coach

Q&A with Weiser

What is the hardest thing about missing your senior season?

The hardest part is missing the love of the game and not being able to do it because I’ve been a high level soccer player for my entire life. Missing out on that has been disappointing and difficult. There’s nothing I can do about it. Just sitting at home wishing what could have been but not getting too dramatic over it.

What would have been your goals if you had played this season?

My goal would have been to bring my team to the playoffs. Last year in the playoffs we got knocked out in the first round. It was a super unfortunate game and I came out of it pretty frustrated, so my goal for this season would have been to try to make it to the playoffs and make it through a little farther than last year.

How does missing the season affect your college plans, if at all?

I already knew where I was going to go to college before the season started. I wasn’t planning on playing D-I soccer or anything like that. I might play club soccer when I get up there.


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