Getting to know Marshfield's Darian Molter

Getting to know Marshfield's Darian Molter

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Getting to know Marshfield's Darian Molter

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For Marshfield junior Darian Molter, her athletic career can pretty much be summed up as the flavor of the month, or season.

The athletic jill-of-all-trades, spends her fall applying her talents to the volleyball court — a sport she actually just took up while in middle school.

Then it’s off to exchange a volleyball for a basketball and put her hoops skills on display over the course of the winter months.

Once it’s time to call it quits on the hardwood, Molter moves on to the one sport, more than any other, she eats, breathes and sleeps — soccer.

Even when she might be officially be indulging her competitive spirit in volleyball or basketball, Molter will find time to work on her soccer skills or conditioning.

That can mean several hours spent on her own in the gym, a solitary figure practicing her dribbling or working on her shot.

She traces her passion for the sport to growing up in a soccer mad household.

“Soccer has been my thing since I was a little girl,” said Molter, a unanimous first-team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection as a sophomore last season after finishing second in scoring with 45 points on 18 goals and nine assists.

“My brother played soccer and my dad coached soccer, so I’ve always been around soccer,” Molter added. “I want to play soccer in college.”

That doesn’t mean Molter isn’t passionate about the other sports she plays.

“No matter what sport I’m playing, I love it when that sport is in season,” she said. “No matter what sport I’m doing, I love it and have fun. I would go outside right now and play tennis if I had the time.”

Right now soccer has her full attention.

Unfortunately, she has been less than 100 percent healthy thanks to a sprained ankle she suffered while playing in a tournament earlier this spring in Illinois.

The injury has forced her to cut back on practice time, and even rest the ankle in the second half of some matches.

To not be able to be herself on the field, and doing the things she is accustomed to doing to menace defenses has been frustrating.

For now she is just trying to make the best of the situation.

“It’s been hard for me. I hate sitting and watching, it’s something I’m not good at. I want to be part of our success,” said Molter, who noted she turned the same ankle in the opposite direction during a recent match to compound the issue. “It’s definitely changed the way I play and how I think about what I should be doing. Who knew what a little injury can do to you.”

Molter recently took some time out to provide a more personal look at her athletic career:

So what about soccer has made it such an obsession for you to where you’re never far from doing something associated with the sport?: It’s really nothing that specific. It’s just the whole aspect of soccer. I could go watch any soccer match and just be a fan, and being a part of it makes it even better. I guess I just love the aspect of it being such a team sport.

What is the best trait or talent you think you bring to your soccer team either in high school or at the club or youth levels?: I believe everyone brings something different to be honest. I’ve been told that I bring an attitude to the game and a tempo where I come out ready to go. When I’m playing, soccer is very serious to me, but I do have a lot of fun.

Once you high school soccer career with Marshfield is over, would you like to play soccer in college and perhaps beyond?: I definitely have wanted to play for the U.S. National Team since I was little. To be part of the Olympic team or get to play professional soccer is a big dream of mine. That’s always in the back of your mind and I know it’s going to take a lot of work. I definitely want to play soccer in college.

Who do you consider your role model or models, and why?: My parents have been a huge influence in my life. Ever since I was little, they have had my best interest in mind and have always provided me with a lot of opportunities to play soccer. I would also say Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach because they all played for the U.S. team, and I want to be like them and get to where they are.

If you could meet one person, alive or dead, in the history of the world, who would you choose and why?: I would say Mia Hamm because ever since I was little I looked up to her. She has an awesome gift and if I had a chance to talk to her, I would want to know how she got to where she got and how she was able to set all sorts of records. I would also want to meet actor Channing Tatum, and find out what made him decide to be an actor and what did he make it happen.

— By Scott A. Williams,

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