Darci Vierra: Back on the field … and then back off the field

Since my post last Tuesday, I’ve had some good news and some bad news. Good news was that the doctor finally cleared me to play again, so I was able  to play against East Bridgewater! Bad news, however, was that we lost, 3-0. To someone just looking at the score it might seem as if my team didn’t put up much of a fight, but the game really was pretty even. Our downfall, as usual, was that we couldn’t finish the ball. We rebounded the next week though with a 5-0 win against Hull and a 2-0 win against Mashpee. Against Mashpee, I assisted the first goal and scored the second. But, this is where my bad news comes back into play. With three minutes left in the game, I managed to get a concussion. So, back to square one – waiting to get cleared by the doctor once again. I’m hoping I’ll be back playing next week.
I’m starting to feel like I’m prone to injury. In the past three years, I’ve been in and out of the hospital with concussions, a nearly broken eye socket, and a broken nose. But it just comes with the sport I guess, so bring it on. I still have another whole season of club soccer to come after high school soccer ends, and those games are only going to get tougher.

A lot of people think playing high school sports along with club soccer would be overwhelming, but I couldn’t imagine my life without it. Because I play, and am captain of three varsity sports for my high school, my schedule and responsibilities get pretty hectic. There are times that I have certain consequences for missing high school sports for Scorpions, or times that I need to stay after school to get caught up with work from missing school for a tournament, but it works for me. I get the best of both worlds.

Darci Vierra is a 17-year-old forward from Massachusetts who plays for the Scorpions Soccer Club U18 team and for Norwell High School. She will play for Providence College next fall.