Kylie Carwitz leaves her heart on the soccer field every day and her dedication to her favorite sport has opened up a world of possibilities for her.
A senior at Veritas Preparatory Academy, Kylie is getting ready to take the next step in her soccer career, which will see her lace up her cleats for Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.
Recently ranked as the 12th best soccer player in the Southwest region, Kylie is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch, fulfilling her duties as an outside back to support her team. She says it was great to see her ranking rise from the 20s.
“I jumped that far up and it felt really good,” Kylie said.
Kylie has been in love with the game of soccer since she started playing in kindergarten with her friends. Over the years she’s found a home at Utah Royals FC – Arizona, where she is part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. This is a feeder program for girls that can lead to national teams. This opportunity to compete at a high level and continue her development has helped Kylie succeed.
“I absolutely love the environment, my team and my coaches,” she said.
Training alongside fellow soccer fanatics helps Kylie pick up on new skills, which came in handy during her time at Veritas. Although Kylie only got to play at Veritas during her freshman and sophomore years due to club commitments, she will never forget her experience with the Falcons.
“I had a blast and it was so much fun being able to play with people outside of the club,” Kylie said. “I think soccer teaches you so many different things and creates lifelong friendships. You will always have connections through soccer.”
In the past two years Kylie transitioned from outside forward to her current position as outside back, a welcome change as she says she likes defense way better. With her switch in positions it took her longer than she anticipated to commit to college, but her decision was well worth the wait.
Kylie says one of her proudest moments was committing to play soccer in college, something she always wanted to do.
“I’ve committed to somewhere that I love so much and I’m so excited to go to Azusa Pacific,” Kylie said. “I definitely want to play as a freshman, and I want to get awards like ‘best freshman in the conference.’ I just really want to go to college and make a difference for that team and win a national championship with them.”
Kylie will be busy going after her goals with her family by her side. Not only does she have her soccer dreams to think about, but she’s also eager to pursue her aspirations to go to medical school and become a doctor.
Kylie is no stranger to the art of juggling schoolwork and soccer practice as prioritizing is all part of her athletic ambitions. She’s happy to put in the effort for the sport she’s so passionate about.