For the past 17 years, Blair Boies’ life has included playing on a soccer team, but as a senior, this is her last year playing competitively. Since she started playing soccer at age four, Boies has loved the sport and played in a many different positions. “I play wherever Coach puts me,” said Boies, “but it is definitely fun to score goals.”

She describes soccer as a fun way to stay fit and healthy, and a great bonding experience. “I love the friendships we develop on the team and being part of such a close group,” said Boies.

“Although time management and balancing school and soccer are hard, traveling is one of my favorite parts of playing,” Boies explained. “We all work together to help each other with homework.” Boies is very proud of the Lady Eagles’ 3.48 average GPA that won the team a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Award for the 2011-2012 season.

When asked about her favorite memory as an ERAU athlete, Boies described a trip to California last year for a national championship banquet. “It was fun seeing everyone dressed up nice and not just in athletic clothes,” described Boies. “Traveling with soccer is like a big slumber party with all of your best friends.”

Upon graduating this spring, Boies plans to pursue a master’s degree in Safety Science through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. This past summer, Boies interned with Southwest Airlines, working on emergency response. She enjoys working in emergency response and hopes to pursue a related career after she obtains her master’s.

With graduation looming after this season, Boies describes it as bittersweet. “I’m looking forward to using all the knowledge I have learned, but I will miss playing soccer,” she said, “but I know the work ethic and teamwork I learned in soccer will be useful even after I graduate.”

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