Student Athlete of the Week: Olivia Binggeli

STANARDSVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- One of the most desired traits in a midfielder is work ethic, that is something William Monroe's midfield engine Olivia Binggeli has plenty of.

"It's been a lot, I've played travel as long as I can remember," Binggeli said, "So I've put in the work in the offseason outside of school soccer and conditioning in the summer and the winter and so it's kind of been just non-stop soccer."

"She's a leader on and off the field, so it translates," Coach Jeremy Lamm said, "She's not asking anybody to do anything that she doesn't do herself or that they don't see her putting in."

Now a senior captain, Binggeli has always had a way of connecting with her teammates another crucial part of working in the middle.

"Just a motion or a glance and they know she knows the game and sees it well," Lamm said, "If she's looking that way, they know to make that run, cut."

"I like being in the center of the field," Binggeli said, "I like being connected to everyone and having that vision and knowing that I play a part in the defense and the offense."

But whatever work she has put into the game, academics have always come first for the future University of Virginia student.

"As hard as she works out here, she's probably working twice as hard in the classroom," Lamm said, "Ever since I've coached her when she was an eighth grader it's 'I've got so much homework tonight, I got to go home, I've got travel practice after this."

"School during the day, any free time that I have I'm doing my homework and I do homework on the bus when we're going to games and while we're waiting before a home game," Binggeli said.

Binggeli hopes to end up in the medical field someday, equipped with every tool she uses on and off the field now.

"If I go into surgery, there's risky surgeries, especially with neurosurgery," Binggeli said, "You have to have a lot of confidence in your abilities and be willing to take risks and take the steps."



 
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