Kayla Billings first started playing soccer because her parents “wanted her to be active.” That decision, however, turned out to be an excellent one. Billings went on to become an all-star athlete.

Billings’ soccer success began in high school in her hometown of Albuquerque, N.M. As a sophomore, her high school team took the state championships. When she was a senior, Billings got an individual award, becoming her district’s player of the year.

After high school, Billings came to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott campus to join the Lady Eagles soccer team. Majoring in mechanical engineering, she excelled both academically and athletically. Her greatest athletic achievement at ERAU has been “helping the Lady Eagles become CALPAC champions” this past season.

“I like soccer because it is not only a physical game, but a mental one,” Billings said. “I like the mental aspects of the game. Soccer has also taught me both discipline and commitment. Both of these things are crucial not only in soccer, but in college and my future career.”

Billings has some advice for incoming players, “the most important thing about playing a college sport is organization,” she said, “finish the things you have to get done so you can enjoy your time. Don’t forget why you love the sport and play for that.”

Billings is a senior and will be graduating this semester. While she’s had a great time at ERAU, she’s excited to get out into the workforce. “I want to be an engineer and start contributing to society,” Billings said. She hopes to continue to play soccer recreationally to keep up her passion.

“I would like to thank my family for all the support they have given me over the years,” Billings mentioned. “I would also like to thank my teammates for sharing my passion.”

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