“Trejo started playing soccer as a midfielder when she was an 8-year-old growing up in Lehi, Utah, she said. When she entered her freshman year of high school, the team needed a goalkeeper and she took up the position.”
When the Gillette College and Iowa Western women’s soccer teams finished the second overtime period Friday during the NJCAA North Plains District Championship, Pronghorns goalkeeper Nia Trejo still hadn’t made that “one” save.
“During warmups I went up to her and I told her, ‘We’re going to need one big save out of you this match,’” Pronghorns coach Nate Ulness said.
In the penalty kick shootout on Gillette College’s new turf field, Trejo saw her opportunity.
Trejo stood in the middle of the net with knees bent and eyes focused on her opponent’s eyes. She noticed that the Reiver player was staring too intensely at Trejo’s left side. That’s when she knew where the ball was going to go.
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