Written By Chelsea Flintoft '14
One of Santa Clara's newest members of the No. 18 women's soccer team has been doing a great job of holding her ground and creating an impact on the soccer field for the Broncos. Freshman Cate Parchinski not only adds another force to the Broncos offensive line, but also 6'1 of height!
From Colorado Springs, Colo., Parchinski has been apart of multiple successful soccer teams since she began playing the sport at age five. Her experience on the U14, U15 and U17 youth national squads has helped her transition into the high intensity of the collegiate level. Being apart of the Colorado Olympic Development Program (ODP) in 2005 and finishing with an ODP Championship in 2010, really illustrates her talent and love of soccer.
"I grew up playing a bunch of sports, but as I got older I realized soccer was my real passion," Parchinski said. "The youth national team helped me grow so much as a player and as a person. Being on these teams showed myself that I could compete at the highest of levels."
After leading her high school team to the state playoffs in 2010—the first time in her school's history—she was awarded the offensive player of the year and selected to first team-all district.
She then made her way to California and found herself on the Mission Campus.
At Santa Clara, the freshman had her worries in the beginning. "Everyone is so talented," Parchinski said. "I learned really quickly that every time I step on the field I better be willing to give my absolute best."
The Colorado native has had a great start and has been putting in strong minutes on the field. Her favorite moment so far was when she scored her first college goal against then No. 11 UC Irvine at the Stanford Nike Invitational. The goal came from a corner kick by Meleana Shim and Parchinski headed it in being the only score in the 1-1 draw.
"I had been out for a while with a back injury and it was my first college game ever. I really wasn't expecting anything special. However, when I scored and saw how happy all of my teammates were for me, it was probably one of the coolest moments of my life."
Since then, Parchinski has scored her second goal, a header in the seventh minute against San Diego State. Her goal was assisted off of a cross driven in by fellow freshman Sophie Huerta. The Broncos are seeing Parchinski improve every game and are excited to see her perform to her highest potential during conference play starting this Sun., Oct. 8th at 1 p.m against Saint Mary's.
Her favorite thing about playing the forward position is the feeling she gets when seeing the ball hit the back of the net. "It's awesome".
Parchinski really just wants to help the team in any way she can in order for everyone to be successful. "Whether I'm playing or cheering on the sidelines, I really want to make a positive impact."
Now studying psychology in hopes of becoming a counselor one day, Parchinski is starting to learn how to balance school and soccer as a student-athlete. She is busy adapting to the lively environment on campus. "Santa Clara is going to give me an incredible education and I already know I'll make some lifelong friends here," but like Parchinski said, "It's all about time management baby!"
As for the future goes, the freshman striker is not sure where she will be headed in a few years, but she knows it will be a good place. "I'm just taking everything one day at a time."
Support the Bronco's women's soccer team this Sun., Oct. 8th at 1 p.m. as they host local rivals Saint Mary's!