Athlete Success Story: The balancing act of a soccer player

When you’re an athlete, you’re juggling many different things in your life. Practices, games, working out, family, friends, eating right, school, coaches, looking at colleges and more.

CaptainU soccer player Jen Ladouceur is no exception. When she realized her dream was to play soccer in college and one day professionally, things only got more chaotic in her life.

Find out, by reading her success story, how she made it all happen.

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Jen Ladouceur, Attack/Midfield

When did you start playing your sport?

My soccer career started when I was four years old. I acquired my technical skills at my first soccer club until I was 15 years old where I was offered an opportunity by another club to play up two years, on a U17 team. I was then invited to guest play on several U17/18 teams. I went on to play for several ECNL teams, a U18 boys team and with the W-League reserves while visiting colleges. During off season for club, I played Varsity at my high school under several different coaches.

What are your biggest strengths in your sport?

I am a versatile player that typically plays a withdrawn forward role where my field vision and creativity can create opportunities and score goals. I also excel at set pieces and have been a consistent goal scorer and typically lead a team with assists.

What are your future goals for your athletic career?

My goal is to play professionally at the highest level possible and return to the game as a coach.

How did CaptainU help you take your soccer game to the next level?

CaptainU helped me get exposure to a number of different coaches, at all levels – DI, DII and DIII. The exposure and connections CaptainU provided helped me land a full ride academic and athletic scholarship to a Division 1 University on the east coast.

What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome in your athletic career so far?

The biggest obstacle I’ve had to overcome is balancing training schedules and school with maintaining contact with college coaches and attending college ID camps during the recruiting process.

“Jen is a soccer player from the purest sense. Labeling someone a ‘Soccer player’ happens way too often in our profession. When it comes to Jen, however, it is an accurate description. Her technical abilities, and tactical qualities, allow her to play any attacking minded role in a team. Her coachability, creativity and desire to win make her a top player.” – Jen’s coach, Fall 2012

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