Wherever the soccer ball is bouncing, that’s where Heather Deuhlen is going.
Coaches from the Vancouver United Soccer Alliance watched the 14-year-old Heartbreaker from Washougal wreaking havoc on their game plans. They also noticed that she is one of the first players to congratulate them after a hard fought match. Teamwork, sportsmanship and a love for the game are traits coaches never forget. When it came time for them to vote for the VUSA Select Soccer Player of the Year, they chose Deuhlen.
“The thing about Heather is, she always wants to learn more about the game,” said Heartbreakers coach Zoe Williams. “She started as a back up goalkeeper, but she wanted to try different positions. Wherever we put her, she became a play maker. She’s just one of those kids that coaches dream about.
“We are excited to have her representing our team and our club,” Williams added. “Anything I did as a coach to help bring out her skill set and really grow to love the game of soccer is very rewarding. I feel like a proud parent.”
Deuhlen attended her first soccer camp at the age of 5. She didn’t quite warm up to the game at first, although it might have had something to do with the weather.
“I remember it being something like 110 degrees. It was just dreadful,” Deuhlen said. “Once I started watching my older sister playing soccer, it was so cool. I started kicking their practice balls around and juggling them. So, I kind of got back into soccer that way.”