Coach Lindsay Vera is the newest addition to the Plaza Sports Center team of coaches, and she is dedicated to helping the RGV’s girls meet their fullest potential both on and off the field. “I think I was just born to play soccer,” says Coach Lindsay.
The Houston, TX native has played soccer all her life. “It was one of the first sports I ever tried, and I was good at it. I didn’t know how to quit, so I haven’t!” After playing soc-cer with diligence through her childhood and high school, Lindsay played at North Carolina State University, a college division 1 ACC. “It is arguably one of the best conferences for college women’s soccer,” says Lindsay. She was named All-ACC for a third-straight season in 2008. At the time, Lindsay stood among the all-time great players in North Car-olina program history with 27 goals and 67 ca-reer points, according to the “gopack” online news blog. “She started all 20 games for the NC Wolfpack and converted three game-win-ning goals in 2008,” the blog reports. After college, Lindsay was drafted profes-sionally for a women’s professional soccer league in Boston. “They were only picking 70 players in the country, and I was one of them. I was the 43rd pick out of 70 to the Boston Breakers. I played with them and also New Jersey Sky Blue,” she says. Coach Lindsay’s experience is invaluable to the girls training with her at Plaza Sports Center because she has lived what many of them aspire to. Fun fact: Coach Lindsay was once the star of a bus wrap! Her photo was on the side of the bus that carried her college team to victo-ry after victory.