Lindquist named Heartland defender of week

Women’s soccer player Ally Lindquist has been instrumental to the Hilltoppers’ success this season, as they are currently undefeated with a 12-0-2 record.

Lindquist, a junior, was named Heartland Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 for her performances that have helped the team hold opponents scoreless in 10 matches this season.

Ever since Lindquist was four years old, soccer has been the driving force in her life and has become her passion. She played soccer through high school and competed against teams in Florida, Las Vegas and North Carolina.

One of Lindquist’s favorite parts of soccer is what she calls “the heart of the team.” She says the St. Edward’s women’s soccer team has one of the best team chemistries she has ever experienced and sees her teammates as her sisters.

However, a difficult side of the sport has been the damage it has caused to Lindquist’s foot. After suffering a stress fracture in her foot early in her soccer career, Lindquist would later break it after a tendon came off the bone. She now has a screw in her foot to hold the bone in place and has quite the scar to show for it.

Despite the injury, Lindquist’s love of soccer has not wavered. She wakes up every morning at 7:00 AM to practice and perfect her skills.

“When you practice, focus on the things you need to work on,” said Lindquist. “Put in 110% [effort].”

Lindquist’s teammate Kate Orkild practices alongside her and has been very supportive. Together, the two play at center back on the team and hope they can help lead the Hilltoppers to the Division II NCAA Final Four in Evans, Georgia.

Aside from playing soccer, Lindquist loves to spend time with her two dogs. She has a Yorkie and a Welsh terrier back at her home in Houston. During soccer season it is very difficult for her to find time to visit, but during the off season Lindquist is able to come home to see her family and her two brothers.

Lindquist has dreams of going to a fashion institute in California, but also plans on possibly coaching a soccer team when she is older. Regardless of where her future lies, her love of soccer will follow her through life.