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Davidson nearing biggest finish

Women's Soccer

Vanguard All-American forward leads Lions into NAIA women's soccer tournament while working to graduate in May.

November 21, 2013|By Barry Faulkner

Davidson said once she "let go" of some of the problems and concerns that had been weighing on her mind, she began experiencing life, and soccer, differently.

"I became a Christian on Sept. 28, 2012 and I was baptized on Easter last year," she said. "It's crazy the changes I have seen in myself and the changes people have seen in me. I realized that soccer was not where my identity was anymore."

Injuries to her foot and her knee forced her to miss two games and slowed her in others this season. And heightened interest from opposing defenders also contributed to a slight drop in her scoring production — 11 goals and seven assists after 18 goals and 10 assists in 2012.

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"I tell people that Jordan B.C. (before Christ), would have been upset that I wasn't doing what I thought I should be doing, or wasn't getting the ball as much as I should," Davidson said. "But I was happy just seeing our team doing well and seeing other people being recognized for their success. It was cool seeing that."

Despite fewer goals and assists, her 29 points rank third on the team behind Kayla Arenas (14 goals and six assists) and Jen Martin (10 goals and 13 assists), Davidson was named conference Co-Player of the Year by the coaches.

"I was happy about that," Vanguard Coach Randy Dodge said about Davidson sharing the conference's top individual honor. "She didn't have the greatest year, but she was still dangerous. She was tough. Everybody knew her and she was still able to be dangerous. The girls is good for three or four great scoring chances a game."

Davidson said the Co-Player of the Year honor was a big surprise.

"When I got the text telling me about it, I was like 'No way,'" Davidson said. "I was not expecting that at all. It was really cool to see the other coaches acknowledge that I was still working really hard."

Davidson has also had to work extra hard in the classroom to satisfy additional degree requirements for religion classes. She said she is taking 25 units this semester (10 more than the norm) and will take 21 in the spring semester to make sure she graduates.

She will lead the No. 13-ranked Lions (15-4) into the NAIA Tournament that begins Saturday, but she sees her role in the game after college as a coach.

"Coaching and teaching are things I'm interested in and I coach two club teams now (the FC Strikers U11 and U13 boys' teams). She said she wants to use her degree to work with at-risk kids.

"I think I can relate to a lot of people and I can show them that they can do this, that they'll be fine."

Davidson said she is working toward repairing her relationships with her parents and her siblings and she will do so with her new identity.

"It's in Christ," she said when asked to define that identity. "It's cool to say that."

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