Kamiak soccer player commits to PLU
Kamiak High School grad Marisa Gonzalez recently signed with Pacific Lutheran University to continue playing soccer at the collegiate level. She’ll play as goalie on the team.
She was also invited to join PLU’s track and field team as a shot put thrower, but has yet to decide.
“I wanted to go to a school because I liked the school,” Gonzalez said. “Even if I wasn’t playing a sport, I probably would be at that school. PLU gave me the opportunity to play for a nice little team and have a great academic program as well.”
Gonzalez has been a goalkeeper since she was 4 years old. She played for Kamiak High School for two years, and then played select soccer with the Northwest Nationals Premier Soccer Club.
It was in club soccer that college recruiters started to take interest in her.
She was recruited by several, including Western Washington University, Central Washington University, Portland State University, and Idaho State University.
She credits three influential coaches for her soccer development: Aaron Winsor, Eugene Poublon and Scott Newman. Newman has been her team coach the past two years, and is also a highly regarded goalie coach.
This year, Gonzalez was a team captain of Kamiak’s Track and Field. She has been one of the top shot put throwers in the state for the past three years.
Gonzalez also finished sixth in the 4A state track meet this year, in which she broke her personal record with 39 feet, 5 ½ inches.
She recently won the Mukilteo Youth Soccer Association Scholarship, in recognition of her dedication and commitment to soccer, as well as the Kamiak Athletic Booster Club Scholarship for her track career.
Off the field, her father, Ernie Gonzalez, said he supports his daughter with anything she does in the future.
“I’m very proud of her. I just want her to be happy,” he said. “If she ever got tired of (soccer) and never wanted to do it again, that would be fine. It is just important for her to be happy and follow her own path.”
Gonzalez plans to major in photography or communications. She hopes to one day own her own photography studio in Seattle.
Kevin Chaney is an intern for the Mukilteo Beacon.