Mallory Herber, Bay Port, soccer
Parents names: Travis and Sara Herber
Mallory went to state with her team junior year and defeated De Pere in their sectional semifinal game.
How did you get started playing soccer?
My dad played soccer when he was a kid and continued to play at the collegiate level, so when I was a kid, he put me in soccer. Ever since, I’ve fallen in love with the sport.
What has been your favorite memory from playing high school sports so far?
My favorite memory from playing high school soccer was defeating De Pere in the sectional semifinal in PKs. The game was very back and forth. We were down two goals with ten minutes left and time was counting down. With minutes remaining we got a free kick to make it 3-4. Towards the final minutes we were awarded a PK that I stepped up to take to tie the game and bring us into overtime. We ended up going into PKs and eventually won the game.
What is it like preparing for your senior season?
It’s a little sad preparing for my senior season as it’s my last high school season, but I’m excited as our team has a lot of potential. I’m looking forward to helping the team try to make it to state again next year.
What is the most difficult obstacle you have had to overcome in your athletic career?
Probably making the decision to quit playing basketball and to focus on soccer, as I wanted to focus on soccer and play at the collegiate level.
What is the best advice you have gotten from a coach before?
My best advice I have gotten from a coach before is “If there’s no risk, there’s no reward.”
Do you have any plans to pursue soccer after graduation?
Yes, I’m planning on playing soccer at the collegiate level after high school, but I’m still undecided on where.
Do you have any special pre-game rituals or superstitions?
Before every game I braid my hair a certain way and during warm ups I go over to my bag and eat some Trolli gummies and drink some BioSteel.
What is one game that you played that you will never forget and why?
Last year’s sectional semifinal game vs De Pere is a game I will never forget, but another game that was very memorable was defeating Kimberly in PKs in the regional finals.
What is the most important relationship you have made through your time playing?
The most important relationship I have made through my time playing soccer is with my dad. He coaches me and has had a big impact on my soccer career. He’s truly my best friend and I wouldn’t be the same player I am today without my dad.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled for your sport?
My club soccer team every fall heads down to Indianapolis at Grand Park for a tournament there, which is always fun as they have a great complex and the competition is always fun to play against.
What is your favorite TV series?
My favorite TV series are either the Marvel series, or I’m really into the S.W.A.T. show right now on Netflix.
Favorite pre-game snack?
Either a peanut butter and jelly or a smoothie bowl from DIRT.
How do you balance athletics and academics as a student-athlete?
I think being good at time management is important as a student-athlete, which has helped me be able to balance my school work and focus on my athletics.
What are your plans for next year?
I’m still undecided on what college I want to attend for soccer, but I do want to major either in biology or a nursing degree.