MORGANTOWN — Among the many issues she talked about when writing her preliminary letter to her potential host household, Morgantown Excessive alternate pupil Vanja Mueller talked about that she loved taking part in soccer.
With the highschool she could be attending housing the defending state champions in women’ soccer, she knew being concerned with the workforce was one thing she needed to attempt.
Strive she did, as Mueller ended up scoring the golden objective towards Parkersburg South within the second additional time of the Class AAA women’ state championship to safe a second straight title for the Mohigans.
Soccer, or bolzen, as it’s known as by Mueller and her pals again dwelling in Berlin, Germany, is one thing she has performed since she will keep in mind.
“Almost everybody performs in Germany,” Mueller mentioned. “Usually instances my pals and I’d go to the park and take part with anybody already taking part in. I ultimately joined a membership as a result of they don’t have any highschool sports activities again dwelling.”
Mueller got here to America by means of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Change Scholarship program.
“I needed to expertise America so I utilized for the chance and surprisingly was accepted,” she mentioned. “I needed to fill out 1000’s of kinds however all the pieces moved fairly shortly and I used to be given a number household to be with right here in West Virginia. I wrote that I used to be involved in soccer in my letter to them they usually had been capable of assist me turn into concerned with the workforce.”
Vanja says that soccer continues to be primarily male-dominant in Germany, so the chance to play at a excessive stage with a feminine workforce meant so much to her.
“In Germany soccer is unfortunately nonetheless thought-about a boys’ sport,” she mentioned. “We didn’t have the monetary assist that we would have liked and ultimately the entire workforce on the membership I performed with moved to a distinct program in protest and the scenario really bought higher.”
Mueller didn’t be a part of the Mohigans till the sixth match of the season, sarcastically towards the identical workforce they performed within the state championship sport, Parkersburg South. Nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy for her to turn into an impactful participant for first-year MHS head coach Bri Frontuto and her membership.
“Vanja was an awesome addition to our workforce,” Frontuto mentioned. “She has a quiet demeanor however she was an awesome pal and teammate and match proper in with our workforce. On the sector, she added super velocity and tenacity when going towards objective. She was simply trusted with the ball down the road and had the physicality to beat the defenders, as we noticed within the state championship. We actually loved having her this 12 months.”
For Mueller, not solely has she been capable of expertise America the best way she imagined, however she was additionally capable of enhance her abilities in soccer and says the chance was one she gained’t ever overlook.
“This was an awesome likelihood for me to enhance my abilities and in addition my self-discipline,” she mentioned. “No one again dwelling took it as significantly as we’ve got right here, and I’ve additionally discovered many good pals and good individuals by the expertise. It was very new as a result of People view sports activities a lot otherwise.”
After her championship-securing objective, Mueller mentioned her college days have remained principally the identical, however some lecturers whom she doesn’t even have for sophistication have congratulated her within the hallway.
“I nonetheless have the identical quantity of homework, although,” she lamented.