‘Where Are They Now?’ puts the spotlight on former players from Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association who have furthered their soccer careers beyond Blackhawks and Ladyhawks at the collegiate level.
Molly Thompson is a freshman and forward for Louisiana State University (LSU). HoumaSoccer.com caught up with Molly Thompson recently and asked her to tell us about her time with the Tigers in more detail...
Tell us a little about your early years in soccer.
I started playing soccer when I was about 7 years old and I loved every minute of it. I was on a good team growing up. I remember one game I took a goal kick and scored off of it. My uncle Dale was my coach at an early age and he taught me a lot about soccer and always made it fun. I’ll never forget when he would tell us to never “bee hive” on the field. I started playing on the Ladyhawks team at about 11 years old and it was a great experience.
Why play college soccer?
I decided to play college soccer because I love the game and the competitiveness of it. There is no better feeling than stepping onto the field on Thursday and Sunday nights.
Tell us a little about the recruitment process for your college.
When I decided that I wanted to play college soccer, I made an NCSA account and starting emailing coaches and going to ID camps. My high school coach, Coach Phil, and club coach, Coach Matt, reached out to some coaches and told me about them. It was during the summer going into my junior year of high school that my mom got an email from Coach Matt saying that the LSU coaches were interested in me. They heard about me from the William Carrey summer camp I went to when I was at Vandebilt.
Tell us why you think the college coaching staff selected you.
I believe the coaching staff became interested in me because of my speed and technical abilities.
What were your goals when you first joined your college soccer program?
My goal when I first joined the LSU soccer team was to get playing time and I did that the first game.
Tell us a little about how you have grown and developed as a person and as a player during your time at Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association
HTSA has been really beneficial to my soccer career; if this program wasn’t available, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today. The club teams I have been on through this program have helped me become the player I am today. Going from playing club soccer to college soccer, it’s a whole new dynamic.
Talk us through a typical week in the life of a college soccer player.
Every day I go to class, tutoring, practice, then study. The biggest adjustment for me was to stay on top of all of my classes while traveling almost every week.
What is the best part of playing soccer at college?
The overall experience is great. Getting to wear that LSU jersey and play with passion and effort is an amazing feeling.
What is your advice to a player from Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association thinking about playing college soccer?
My advice to any HTSA player interested in playing college soccer is to email the coaches of the colleges you are interested in and go to their ID camps. Don’t wait for someone to notice you - make your own luck.