Cindi Nickles, Eastern Tech, girls soccer

Q&A --

November 01, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN

A veteran center midfielder who also plays several other positions for the defending state Class 2A champion, Eastern Tech's Cindi Nickles was an All-Baltimore County selection last season. Last week, the senior helped the No. 11 Mavericks to a share of the county title, a 0-0 tie with Loch Raven. Since seventh grade, she has played for the Greater Harford Soccer Club. She has also played lacrosse for the Mavericks. Enrolled in the Allied Health career major at Eastern Tech, Nickles plans to become a nurse practitioner.

Why is soccer the sport you stuck with?

I've always been on teams where my soccer friends were pretty much my closest friends. I played on a rec team until I was in seventh grade and my parents were always encouraging me to go play club: "You're good enough to." I was like, "I don't want to leave my friends," so that was a big thing, to be with people I like. In school, I try to work things out by myself, but I know I could never do a sport by myself.

Do you want to play soccer in college?

Yes. I've never not played soccer. I can't imagine not playing soccer. It really helps with my schoolwork. My grades are better when I'm playing sports. It keeps you on schedule. Instead of coming home and having a whole bunch of free time, you only have a certain amount of time, so you have objectives you have to get done.

What was it like winning the state championship last season?

It doesn't get any better than that. Not just because we won, but because nobody thought we would get that far. Somehow we were ranked low and people underestimated us. And to prove it to our school, too, not just the people who are interested in soccer. Most people didn't even think about girls soccer. This year, we've gotten so much more interest. I don't know how many people we had at our Catonsville game [last week] way out in Catonsville. It was great.

What's the feeling on the team right now?

Our expectations are high. Everyone on the team is working on winning the division, the county, the region and states. None of our soccer teams has ever won all four in the same year. There's no one on this team that will settle for less, and we have the work ethic to do it.

Why do you want to be a nurse practitioner?

My mom's a nurse, so I guess that has something to do with it, but in our Allied Health program, we've done a lot of dissections. I really like the heart. Cardiology would be my interest. I could be a heart surgeon, but, to me, that's too much time in school. I want to spend more time with the patients. I'm really a people person and I want to get right into it. That's why nursing would probably be better for me.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I just like to hang out with friends, but I don't really have a lot of free time. A lot of times I like to catch up on sleep. If there's a Saturday that I can sleep in, I am pumped. It's exciting. That sounds kind of bad, but with soccer you're always getting up early for tournaments [on the weekends].

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