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Who is Beverly Goebel?
Beverly Goebel was born and raised in Moreno Valley, CA. She started playing soccer at a very young age. Beverly has enjoyed a successful career to date, Beverly represented Moreno Valley High School Vikings, to win the Coast Soccer League and was named the League’s MVP and offensive MVP. Beverly played for the University of Miami, and her most memorable soccer moment was her goal to defeat #2 UNC in 2009. Beverly entered the WPS Draft in 2010 and was selected 27th overall by the Washington Freedom. In the 2011 season, Beverly helped the Western New York Flash win the 2011 WPS Championship.
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Moreno Valley High School Vikings, to win the Coast Soccer League and was named the League’s MVP and offensive MVP.Where did you grow up playing soccer?
I grew up playing soccer in Moreno Valley, California. Which is indeed my home-town. Since it is so close to the border of Mexico there’s a huge soccer influence. Everyone plays on their spare time no matter the age. All younger kids pick it up fairly early.
How did you develop your game away from the field? Did you ever practice on your own?
I loved the game since the first day I started playing. I couldn’t get enough of it! I specifically remember when practice would get cancelled it would ruin my whole day. I looked forward to it everyday. I did a lot of things on my own. My parents bought me a small net for my 15th birthday and I spent so many days outdoors kicking in the goal with my spare time our in between practice and homework. I also dated my now fiancé in high school and he loved soccer just as much. So our dates consisted of 5v5 with our local friends playing everyday and working on my technique and speed of play with the guys really helped develop my game.
What was it like playing for the University of Miami? You played 51 of 53 games for them, how did you manage to stay injury free?
I loved playing for the university of Miami. They run an astounding program there and I received a great education. Yes I enjoyed every game playing for the “U”. I managed to stay injury free by taking good care of my body. Nutrition wise and muscle recovery wise. I did indeed receive a pretty bad injury during spring 2008 where I tore my mcl. It took about 5 weeks to heal but in spring there are not as many games, so that definitely gave me more time to heal.
What’s your best achievement so far, and why is it so important to you?
My best achievement so far is simply playing in the WPS. Being drafted to the world best league was the highlight of my life. I always wanted to be a professional soccer player. As a matter of a fact when I was home in Cali visiting last I ran into my second grade teacher. She asked me, “did you ever become a professional soccer player?” i replied, “actually, yes!” She followed with, “no way, I specifically remember you because that was always your answer on fill in the blank, what do you what to be when you grow up?” I will never forget after being drafted I felt something I had wanted since I was 5 years old had finally came true.
What was it like playing for a championship winning team like NY Flash? What was the key to success for this team?
Playing for the WNY Flash was amazing. The talent was unreal and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to play for that squad. Winning the championship was another highlight of my soccer career and one I will never forget. The key to success for our team is we weren’t just friends when it came to the pitch. We loved being around each other on and off the field. We ALL got along. It really made it easier to understand each other on the field because we knew each other so well off the field.
What does WPS need in order to be successful?
I cannot specifically answer that question, because I myself do not know exactly what it needs to be successful. But I can answer from a players point of view it would help if we helped market the league. So many people do not know there was a women’s pro soccer league here in the states until after the attention from the world cup. Which is great, but we can market even more.
Who’s your role models in life and why?
My fiancé is definitely my role model. He loved soccer and made it to the highest level here for men in the states. He’s my role model, not just because we have been dating since my freshman year of college, or because I’m so goo goo ga ga in love. But, he truly had a huge impact in my soccer world. He helped me become the player I am by training me and making our dates one on one soccer sessions. He always encouraged me to be the best I could. My parents are my role models as well, they always told me its about more than just being good at soccer, it’s about being a Role model. Soccer will only talk you so far, being a good person will take you anywhere. I owe a lot of who I am today because of them.
What piece of advice would give a young female soccer player dreaming of making it professionally?
I would say keep dreaming and keep working hard. There was no league when I had started college by the end of college a league was formed. Always be prepared. Follow your heart, if it’s truly something you love continue playing. Whether its semi pro, playing for fun, or playing for one of the best leagues, make sure you are having fun and love it. Do things outside of soccer practice, things you need to work on. Help yourself become the best player by doing things on your own.