Ball chasing brings new perspective


Anna Benishek

This past summer, my parents received an email from my club soccer coach asking for girls ages 14-16 to ball chase at the new Allianz Field.

At first, I was confused as to why the Minnesota United team needed a ball chaser, but I later realized it was for the U.S. Women’s National  Team.

I remember watching Alex Morgan from my TV at home as a little girl.

But now, watching the four consecutive World Cup champions live  would be a dream come true.

As ball chasers, we were supposed to present both flags during the National Anthem.

I was a bit nervous because I did not want to mess up on national TV.

I thought it was fascinating people were watching this game from different countries around the world.

Megan Rapinoe, Rose Lavelle and Alex Morgan were all right in front of me.

It was amazing knowing the top soccer players in the world were standing feet away.

Watching women’s professional soccer live was captivating.

They play at the highest level possible, and it was exciting to experience it first hand.

At the end of the first half, Carli Lloyd finished with two goals.

In the second half of the game, I tossed Mallory Pugh a ball for a throw-in.

When the ball went out again, Casey Short asked for the ball.

It was amazing to be able to pass them a ball throughout the game.

Standing on the sideline, I wished I could reach the same level of competitiveness some day.

Helping out during the game was an incredible experience to be a part of. 

Seeing the U.S Women’s National Team play soccer live is something I will never forget.

Watching them play has inspired me to work harder as a player to reach my full potential.