Havelock soccer players selected for Olympic Development Program

Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 05:23 PM.

Johnson led Havelock with 20 goals and nine assists last season. She said the experience of the selection process and tryout camp helped her skills.

“It definitely helped me improve my game,” she said. “I’m playing with a bunch of girls I’ve never met before in my life. They expect us to play together and work together. Learning all their different techniques and working with them, that’s definitely hard. It’s helped me become a more confident player.”

Martinez, who tallied 18 goals and 11 assists last season as a freshman for the Rams, said she didn’t know quite what to expect when she attended the tryout camp.

“It was hard, but with all my family and friends supporting me, I got through it,” she said. “That’s what kept me going.”

She thought it was neat that both she and Johnson were selected when other bigger cities failed to get a representative on the teams.

“It’s very cool,” Martinez said. “No one really knows where Havelock is. To be picked for that and to be from a small town is cool.”

Martinez said her selection has already gotten the attention of college coaches.



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