The central midfielder is often described as the quarterback of the soccer team, but Charlotte senior Sierra Sisco thinks of it more as an engineer.
Sisco signed to play soccer at Louisiana Tech, primarily because it had the best academic program of any of her other soccer suitors, which Sisco said included Washington University of St. Louis, Vanderbilt and Florida Tech.
“Their chemical engineering program is really good, and that’s probably what I’m most excited about,” Sisco said. “I get to study what I’m interested in and play the game that I love.”
Sisco said that she sees a parallel between her two main interests, besides just having gone to summer camps for both pursuits.
“I can’t tell you exactly when it was that I decided on engineering in general, but I wanted to know the process behind the way things are put together,” she said. “I went to two summer programs, engineering camp at Michigan Tech and Tennessee, and that’s what helped me find out which ones I liked. I guess the process of finding new ways to use chemicals and combining things was really fascinating to me.”
That sort of analytical thinking has served her well on the field, although not so much for Vardar, her club team. She said that her father, Charlotte coach Ryan Sisco, helped connect the two.
“I want to see how everything works in front of me,” she said. “That’s one reason why a lot of my coaches have put me at center mid, but I was never really comfortable there until the high school season. I mean, it’s my dad, what can I say?
“I’m glad that he put me there and made me get comfortable because I’ve grown so much as a player as a midfielder, with the way I see things.”
Sisco missed the bulk of her junior season in 2013 with an ankle injury suffered in the Orioles’ first game against Marshall. But she hopes to get back into the groove this spring as a senior and hit the ground running at Louisiana Tech at the position for which she is almost uniquely suited.
“I’m going to be a left back right away, and as I grow as a player, I’d like to end up as the center mid,” she said.