For The Tribune
Andrea Ferrer said she began playing soccer about the time she entered elementary school.
After participating on the pitch for a few years, she stopped playing to concen- trate on gymnastics.
She missed soccer so much that when she entered high school there was no doubt she was going to get back out on the field and kick the ball around.
“I began junior varsity with coach (Bob) Hartman, and I loved it,” Ferrer, a Seymour High School senior, said. “Playing that year made me love it — it really did. That season brought my passion out for the sport.”
She moved up to varsity her sophomore year and played there up until the end of this past season.
“I’ve always been a midfielder,” Ferrer said. “I’ve been an attacking midfielder. An attacking mid-fielder is a playmaker. Once you get the ball you have to make the play, and you start the play. I’m the one that sends the ball to Marie (Lenart).
“As an attacking mid-fielder I also have the responsibility of getting the ball from the defense. Communication in soccer is very important. You have to have good vision and know where the defense is and where you can pass the ball.”
Ferrer said she liked the physical part of soccer and said her lack of size hurt her at times.
“I’m a smaller player, and that’s always been one of my weaknesses,” she said.
“You feel a little pressure compared to a player like Kayla Griffin.”
The senior used her quickness and agility to her advantage, and noted her footwork was a strength.
She said it gave the team a big lift when the Owls scored first.
“It’s always so important because it sets the tone for the game,” Ferrer said. “If the opponent scores first it kind of gets you down. You have to come back.”
Her favorite games were played under the lights.
While Ferrer didn’t get to play in the Hoosier Cup at Bloomington this fall because of an injury, she said she enjoyed playing in that tournament her sophomore and junior years.
“It was a very nice experience; I loved it,” Ferrer said. “We spent a lot of time together; it was such a blast.”
She said you have to play hard until the closing seconds of each half and recalled the match at Silver Creek this season was tied and the Dragons scored a goal in the final seconds to win 3-2.
“Never give up,” she said. “I think the mental part of sports is a very big part of sports.”
Ferrer said she thought the seniors provide good leadership of the underclassmen.
Name: Andrea Ferrer Jasso
School: Seymour High School
Parents: Ariel Ferrer, Rosario Jasso
Sports: Soccer, four years
Organizations: French Club, St. Ambrose Youth Group
Plans after high school: Attend IUPUI or Purdue, major in biology and chemistry
Favorite food: Ice cream
Favorite TV show: “How I Met Your Mother”
Favorite movie: “Aladdin”
Favorite athletes: Lionel Messi or Ronaldinho