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Athlete of the Week: Holyoke’s Carly Costello

The past three seasons have been up-and-down for Holyoke’s girls soccer program in their search to return to the playoffs. This year, however, there’s been a more positive insurgence to the postseason-bound Knights. That can be credited to their selfless captain, Carly Costello. For Costello, however, she sees it a bit differently.

“The past three years, we haven’t really had too many wins. I always tell the girls that it is always important to get a touch on the ball all year round,” Costello said, “You shouldn’t come into your high school season and just have a couple touches on the ball just in the summer time. I could tell the first day of tryouts and the first day of captain’s practice. I was like, ‘wow, these girls really know the game.'”

That is what it’s all about for the senior; never her, just her team. Leading by example is not only what she aims to do on the field but also in all facets of life.

“I train in the winter, spring, summer and play in lots of tournaments,” Costello said, “Also, I coach soccer and teach little kids my skills and stuff. I enjoy that.”

For coach Kevin Roberts in his 16th season with the program, Costello is a rare commodity in today’s game. It makes his job that much easier in the process.

“I told her last week that she is one of those players I will never forget through the course of the years,” Roberts said, “You see a lot of good players come and go but there’s always those players that stick out in your mind and you never forget. She’s right up there with all those other girls.”

Soccer has undoubtedly been an important part of Costello’s life. With high school graduation approaching sooner before later, she hopes to carry her lessons learned on the field into being a role model in everyday life.

“I do love sports so maybe I’ll purse sports management of athletic training. Somewhere in the sports field,” Costello said, “I’m looking at going the prep school route for a post-grad year. I think that will get me a little stronger to play in college.”

While that transition is often difficult to many, it seems that this individual should embrace it seamlessly.

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