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IN FOCUS: Ana Bridgeman

In this installment of Raptor IN FOCUS, we take a closer look at Senior Midfielder Ana Bridgeman. We asked her some questions to get a better idea of who she is and what she's about. Here’s what Ana said…

Name? Number?
Ana Bridgeman #7

What position do you play for the Raptors?
I usually play attacking center mid.

How long have you been playing soccer?
I’ve played soccer since fall of 2007.

What is your favorite position?
I like playing in the midfield because usually you’re always involved in whatever is going on.

What were/are your goals for this season?
Obviously the goal is to win state, but beyond that I really want this season to be about leaving a legacy that the younger players can look up to.

What regular season game are you most looking forward to? Why?
Battle of the woods is always a fun (and intense) one!

Tell me about the most exciting sports experience you've had? An exciting game you participated in, watched, etc.
I went and saw game four of the Stanley Cup finals and walking into that stadium was like walking into another world. The energy was so invigorating and intense it was awesome!

What are your plans after high school?
I plan to go to college.

If your plans include college, have you decided on where you are going or at least narrowed it down?
I’m about 99% sure I’m going to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Do you plan on playing soccer beyond high school? Are you pursuing other interests (music, art, business, medicine, etc)?
This is my last ‘official’ soccer season, but I’ll always be down to play in a pick up game! It’s been such a blessing to have been able to play these past 10 years, but I’m excited to dive into my nursing career and also have more time to focus on music (My main instrument is the piano, but I can play a couple others too. I plan to minor in music theory but that's a flexible idea. Ultimately I just want to get some sort of degree involving music).

Who's your favorite teacher? Why is he/she your favorite?
My favorite teacher is my strings conductor, Mrs. Cassandra Brosvik. Her passion for music is absolutely awe inspiring, she plays the violin beautifully, and she always has fascinating stories from her days traveling with her orchestra!

Do you have any mentors or anyone in your life you really look up to? Why?
The best mentors I have are my parents. They’ve given my sister and I the best things we could ever have: life, love, and an example of what it means to have a life built around Christ.

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 Johnny. He is the PGA Director of Golf at Brentwood Country Club, serves on the Tennessee Golf Foundation Board, and is also president of the Tennessee PGA. He has shown me what it means to work hard, but also how to stay humble through success. Most importantly, he has shown me what it looks like to build a home, family, and life on the Lord. My mom’s name is Lisa. She used to teach high school Spanish, but took a few years off for my sister and I. Last year she began substitute teaching and plans to return to full time teaching next year. She has shown me the benefit of a healthy lifestyle, the beauty of music, the importance of knowledge, and the grace it takes to love someone unconditionally. My little sister’s name is Amy. She plays golf, the violin, and loves all animals. She is always there to make me laugh and she continues to show me the beauty in everything. She’s my absolute best friend!!

What advice would you give to other girls who aspire to play varsity soccer at Ravenwood?
Keep working hard! Savor every day because I promise you it will fly by.

When you see our seniors, please thank them for their years of dedication and commitment to the Lady Raptor soccer program. We appreciate our Seniors and GO RAPTORS!