Kick like a Girl
This season for the first time ever in the history of Horizon we have suited and fielded a female athlete on our Horizon Christian Varsity Football Team!
Standing at 5'3'' with blonde wavy locks, Mikayla Weber is quite the force to be reckoned with! While she has played soccer most of her life, this year she took on an additional role and joined the Football team as their kicker. We had the opportunity to sit down with her and get some insight on her season suiting up as a football player.
Why did you decide to join the team?
I was inspired to try something new. It is fun just being able to go out there and get to kick and be with the guys! I decided to join the team because I thought, "Why not?" It's my senior year and why not give it a shot. I love to play soccer and thought it would be fun getting to know people and have a good start for the year!
What is your go to Gatorade?
My favorite gatorade flavor is frost.
Any pointers you could give on being a kicker?
I don't have any secrets for my strategy but to put all of my power into the football and kick with my laces, not my toe. Never kick with your toe, ever!
What challenges do you face?
Haha, my biggest challenge is missing a field goal kick, and the pressure.
What gear do you suit up in?
I wear soccer cleats! They are way lighter and not heavy. The lighter, the better. When I wore all of the football gear I stopped complaining about my shin guards I wear at practice for soccer because it's basically nothing compared to wearing pads and a helmet!!
What kind of training is necessary for being a kicker?
PE helps me keep my body healthy and strong. And soccer really helps me keep in shape and gives me the power that I can give and help for kicking the football!