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By Derrick Smith

Kyla Lovelace enjoys playing soccer and says that while the pandemic has made everything more difficult, she tries to be positive in spite of the circumstances.

“After last season being canceled with covid and this season not being the same, I would say being successful takes positivity,” she stated. “Especially this season, it is so easy to be negative and find all the things we don’t like as we go through each practice. Instead, this year I have tried to show up to practice with a positive mindset and find the good in things that I may not like or may not go my way.”

Lovelace is a senior at Mustang High School where she plays forward for the Lady Broncos soccer team. Kyla began playing soccer when she was four years old and fell in love with the game.

Her parents have been big role models for her, not only as an athlete but also in her everyday life. She says she would not be where she is today without them. 

“They are my two biggest supporters and have been at every event that I participate in,” she said. “They are constantly pushing me to be the best version of myself. They live a Christian lifestyle and that is how I want to be one day.”

She has made a lot of great memories over the years, but Lovelace says that one of her favorite memories was a great game that she and her teammates played and pulled out the win. 

“One of the highlights of my career would have to be the semi-finals game against Jenks,” she said. “It was a back and forth game the whole time but was one of the most fun games I’ve ever played. Every goal that was scored, I would turn to the stands and see parents, friends, siblings, and grandparents going crazy. With only a couple of seconds left my teammate, Hope Berry, hit a shot from just in front of the half-line and won the game.”

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