Student Athlete of the Week: Ocean Springs Girls Soccer Parker St. Amant
After posting a perfect 14-0 regular season mark, falling to Brandon in the first round of the playoffs wasn’t exactly what the Ocean Springs girls soccer team had in mind.
However, those highs and lows were defining moments for then-freshman phenom Parker St. Amant who was getting her first real taste of varsity soccer at the end of the year, paving the way for an explosive sophomore campaign.
Taking that next woman up mentality to heart, Parker St. Amant earned the respect of her peers during the final leg of the 2020-21 season when she stepped in at forward for an injured Lady Greyhound teammate. “When you go onto a team that’s really good and I have to fill a good spot from a really talented player it was a lot of stress on my back but my teammates were there to help me get through and help me shake off the nerves.”
Now, back at the position that gives her the most freedom on the pitch, attacking center mid, the sophomore sensation currently leads the Lady Greyhounds with 18 goals. “I like shooting the ball and I like being able to be in the attack, so attacking center mid gives me the opportunity because I can kind of play with everybody and I can drop down in defense if they need, but I can shoot or be the assister. And so, I just like being all over the field at all times.”
In late November, St. Amant recorded hat tricks in back-to-back games against St. Patrick and Long Beach. The 15-year-old says that’s the highlight of her soccer career thus far. “In those games, I just exceed my hopes and scored three goals, which was amazing.”
St. Amant’s success is no doubt a result of her need to be the hardest working person the field. “I want to be the first person here and the last one to leave. And I just want to leave every practice knowing I gave it my all and I benefited from it.”
St. Amant hopes to one day play soccer at the college level, following in the footsteps of her mother who played at Millsaps.
The Lady Greyhounds are back in action for the time since the holidays at 5:30 Friday at D’Iberville.
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