Prep sports profile: Shelby Stone
Shelby Stone is a team leader on the Batavia soccer team who also coaches youth soccer in her spare time.
Head coach Mark Gianfrancesco says that Stone “does a wonderful job organizing and communicating to everyone on and off the field for the success of the team. Many of the things [Stone] does do not show up on the stat sheet – I define that as a true leader.”
Name: Shelby Stone
Age/year in school: Senior
Position: Attacking center midfielder
How long have you played soccer? 12 years
What do you love most about soccer?
The skill it takes. Most people think soccer is easy and all you do is kick the ball, but it takes more than that – technique of where you place your foot and hips, field awareness, precise passes and shots, strength, endurance and tactical strategies.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
Before each game we write down on a note card what we want to work on in that specific game, and I always want to make sure I am having good touches to set up precise passes, endurance, and play offense and defense. I work on these aspects every game by knowing what I want to do with the ball before it reaches me, never giving up when my body is fatigued, putting mind over matter, making sure I help the defenders out by winning 50/50’s in the middle third and top third of the field, [and] always making runs to goal and showing for the forwards and other midfielders.
What are you looking forward to most this season?
Playing with all the talented girls on the team and leading them to achieve the team goals we have made.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
I have a couple pairs of under socks that I leave specifically for game days.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?