(KUTV) The U.S. Women’s soccer team took center stage after a win over Japan made them world champs over the weekend.
In Utah, a high school soccer player who made the Under-17 national team is taking that victory as inspiration.
“When they won, it kind of gave me this feeling; I want to be there so bad one day,” Wade said.
The 15-year-old plays for the La Roca soccer team in Utah, and last year signed on to the U-17 national team – a big honor for the teen.
“It’s a huge deal, but it doesn’t surprise me,” said Olivia’s coach on the La Roca team, Francisco Ovalle. “You don’t have too many players like that.”
Olivia has been playing since she was six-years old, and now after watching the U.S. women’s team’s world championship win, she has big goals.
“It inspired me. I want to work as hard as I can because I want to be there some day,” Olivia said. “It made me want to work even harder, play even better.”
To get so far, Olivia says she has to practice extra hours and it can cut into her social life.
“My friends will say, hey, let’s go to this party or let’s hang out, but there’s other things I need to do,” Olivia explained, but she says it’s all worth it.
The 15-year-old says she has committed to playing for Brigham Young University’s soccer team, and she hopes that will help her reach her goals.
“My dream is to play for the full team one day. That’s what I want to do; that’s been my dream since I’ve been a little girl,” she said.
Her father Eric Wade says watching Olivia play for the U-17 national team and wearing a U.S.A. jersey has been exciting.
“(It) was a pretty amazing experience and it’s something I could definitely get used to,” he said.
Now the question is whether she can make it to the U.S. Women’s soccer team in the coming years.
“I really think in a couple, 3, 5 years, she’ll make it to the World Cup,” Coach Ovalle said.
“There’s nothing else I’d rather do than play soccer,” Olivia said.