“Sophomore year was hard. There were times I felt crushed,” she said. “It started to get a little easier last year, and everything has been fun this year.”
Some athletes that can’t play want to get as far away from the games as possible; the reminders of what they had are too painful. There’s little doubt that what keeps Harrison connected to the pitch is the bond she shares with her classmates, teammates and friends.
“Nic was always a fantastic player. It’s unfortunate the way it turned out, but she loves being here because all her friends are here,” said Hinchion.
“She’s as big a part of this team as anybody. She inspires the girls.”
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Like anybody, Harrison has some tough days. She’s hoping to get back to horseback riding, another favorite hobby, in the near future. When she’s down, it’s her family and their dog, a maltese, that pick her up.
“I feel a little tired sometimes,” she said. “Being around soccer is good for my mental health. I’m really proud of a lot of the girls in my class, to see them out there starting and playing well.”
There might be times in a soccer game when the players are tired and winded. As Harrison watches, and helps, from the sideline, she knows it’s the support from her family and teammates that will help her breathe a little easier.
To learn more about CF, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at http://www.cff.org.