SPRINGVILLE — With the Springville-Griffith Institute girls varsity soccer off to a 6 – 3 start, manning the net, once again, is senior Katie Zielin-Ersing.
Zielin-Ersing has been the starting goalie for the S-GI girls varsity soccer team, since her sophomore year.
“Being moved up on varsity early pushes you to get better, because you want to play at a high level that the rest of the girls are playing at. It was intimidating at first, but as the season progressed and I became closer with my teammates, everything became much easier and it was a great experience,” she said.
Zielin-Ersing has posted three shutouts and has a goals against average of 1.3 in division games this year, as a senior.
“I’ve already surpassed my goal of getting three shutouts, so right now I feel really good about how I’m playing, but I’m definitely not satisfied,” she said.
“I need to improve communicating with my team and making sure everyone is on the same page.”
For Zielin-Ersing, the start to her senior year has been the best yet, as her team has posted a 6 – 3 record, so far.
“Senior year, so far, has been the best year of soccer that I’ve played yet. As a team, we’re more focused and we’re all getting along. That’s a big part to our success, so far,” she explained.
At S-GI, Zielin-Ersing also plays lacrosse.
“Lacrosse is, without a doubt, my passion, with the lacrosse program’s being so young and it being a new sport,” she said. “We have really made huge improvements, since the program began.”
Zielin-Ersing was moved up to varsity early in her lacrosse career, as well.
“Playing varsity as a freshman was very tough; you have 50 mph hour shots getting fired at you as a goalie, and sometimes it can be very overwhelming. My freshman year, I faced just about 300 shots. The mental aspect of being a lacrosse goalie is huge, because most goalies give up double digit goals, so you have to have a short memory and just move forward,” she explained.
Zielin-Ersing was a first-team division all-star as a sophomore and was a second team all-star as a junior. After graduation, the player said she plans on attending the State University of New York at Cortland for physical education and continuing playing lacrosse, at the college level.