Mustang's Samantha Turner – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Excel Therapy
By Derrick Smith
Samantha Turner loves the game of soccer. She began playing it 13 years ago and she says that there is one thing that is definite about the game – do not get comfortable.
“There are many highs and lows in soccer,” she said. “One minute your team is on a four-game winning streak and the next day the team can’t even put four passes together. Determination is huge. No matter how low you are you need to keep the mindset that you will make it through. You can never give up on yourself or your teammates because the moment you give up then the overall morale of the team goes right out the window.”
A junior at Mustang High School, Turner plays goalkeeper and left forward for the Lady Broncos soccer team.
While she has many people to look up to as role models, Samantha says that there is one athlete whose story has made a big impact on her life: surfer Bethany Hamilton who lost an arm in a shark attack.
“She was able to make the best out of her situation after her injury, and no matter how hard it was she never gave up and continued doing what she loved,” said Turner.
There have been many great memories that Turner has enjoyed with her teammates over the years. But she says that she enjoys each moment that she is playing.
“Every time I block a penalty kick, that is definitely a defining moment for me,” she stated. “The adrenaline that comes from blocking a direct shot is huge. At that moment it is just you and the shooter, and everyone is watching.”
Soccer is a game that Turner loves very much, but it has not always been the kindest to her.
She tore her ACL in October of 2017. In the fall of 2018, she tore her ACL again along with her meniscus. She could have given up at that point, but that is not the person that Turner is.
“This caused me to miss my freshman year of high school soccer, but Coach Riggs allowed me to be the varsity manager. so that I could continue to be involved with the program.”