In today's installment of IN FOCUS, we take a closer look at Senior Karlie Paschall. We asked her some questions to get a better idea of who she is and what she's about. Here’s what Karlie said…
Karlie Paschall #16
What position do you play for the Raptors?
How long have you been playing soccer?
What is your favorite position?
Wide Forward or Attacking Center Mid.
What were/are your goals for this season?
Win state, be named All-American, get Gatorade Player of the Year
What regular season game are you most looking forward to? Why?
Franklin: the Franklin game is always a huge rivalry game because I have a ton of friends that play for them and it's always so competitive. There's just something magical about it, the whole atmosphere and the game itself.
Tell me about the most exciting sports experience you've had?
Winning the National Championship was definitely the most exciting. Going into the game as the definite underdog but having basically the whole nation supporting us was such an awesome feeling. Winning the game and realizing we finally got rewarded for all of our hard work and got the fairytale ending to such an incredible story was the most surreal feeling in the world. One that brings you to your knees and fills you with tears.
What are your plans after high school?
Play soccer at Duke and get a doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Why have you selected this college?
Duke is my dream school, the coaches and players are amazing and I know they will challenge me to grow and support me every step of the way. It's a great college that academically is one of the best in the nation. It's in the ACC which is the best soccer conference in the U.S. so it'll be a great challenge to play against the best players in the country at the collegiate level. The city of Durham is such an incredible city and I could easily see myself living there after college.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
Steph Curry because he's very creative and deceptive and so fun to watch. He's also deeply rooted in his faith which I totally admire because I know how hard it can be to be a big believer at that level.
Who's your favorite teacher? Why is he/she your favorite?
Ms. DJ because she has an inspiring zest for life and makes learning enjoyable.
Who or what inspires you?
The opportunity to get better every single day and become the best player/person I can be. I love to grow, even if it's painful sometimes.
Tell us about your accomplishments you are most proud of?
National Champion, Gatorade POY, Golden Boot at Regionals, 7 time State Champion, 4 time Regional Champion
Tell us about your parents/family? What they mean to you? What they do for a living? Anything else you want to share...
My dad's name is Danny, he is the owner of a truck brokerage business. My dad is my rock, he inspires me every single day to be a better person and to work joyfully as if I'm doing it for the Lord. He reminds me to stay humble and always be grateful for the many blessings in my life. My mom's name is Sharon, she's a nurse at Vanderbilt. My mom has the kindest heart and the sweetest soul. She teaches me to be authentic, to stay positive in hard times, and to never take life too seriously. My sister's name is Kelsie, she's a student at UT Knoxville. Kelsie is hilarious and never fails to put a smile on my face. She teaches me to persevere in hard times and rely on God to be my strength.
Have there been any times if your life when you have overcome adversity and learned something about overcoming an obstacle?
My biggest moment of adversity was when I got cut from the U17 World Cup Qualifying roster. It was probably the worst moment of my life. But I made the worst moment of my life the first line of my testimony and completely changed my mindset as a player and person. I worked every single day to get better, something that I took for granted before then. I worked harder than I ever have before in my career, enjoying the process and knowing that whatever happened was what God wanted to happen. Although I haven't been called back to camp since then, I've gained so much more. I won a National Championship, and in the process found who I was again and who I live for.
What are your favorite things about Brentwood? Places to eat, things to do, etc?
Brentwood is filled with a ton of great places to eat, my favorites being: Blaze, Chipotle, Chick-fil-a, and Panda Express
Tell us about a typical day in the life of you?
Wake up and shower and get ready for school, go to school, go to practice, come home and do homework, and then either go to church or another practice/workout.
What kinds of activities do you do outside of Ravenwood Soccer? Church groups, mission trips, music, other sports, Etc.
I just got back from a mission trip this past summer to Chicago. I'm heavily involved as a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and also attend Crosspoint on Sunday nights. I love to get fit through cross-training such as hiking, swimming, boxing, yoga, and rock climbing.
What advice would you give to other girls who aspire to play varsity soccer at Ravenwood?
Work hard and never quit. Enjoy the process and you'll enjoy what the process produces. Be so good they can't ignore you. Demand greatness from your teammates and be a leader. Don't accept mediocrity and dedicate yourself everyday to getting better. Get 1% better each day and when the big moment comes, you'll be better than you were when you started.
When life gets challenging, what do you do to deal with the worries and stresses of life?
Prayer is the first and most important strategy in any moment of life. Especially when it gets challenging. Being honest about how I feel and talking with God about it is what really heals me. Finding peace in His word and through worship is how I get through tough times.
Senior Raptor shout out: Is there someone in the community you think deserves recognition beyond your family or teachers you may have already mentioned (friend, pastor, volunteer, etc)? If so tell us about them.
Stacey Daniels deserves a shoutout because he's an incredible guy who not only has improved me as a player but has encouraged me mentally and spiritually through my soccer journey the last year.
If you see Karlie, please let her know how much you appreciate her and her dedication to Ravenwood girls soccer.
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