Woodmore girls varsity soccer coach Jason Allen used the words reliability, responsibility and influence to describe graduate Sarah Blausey.
The order was not important because they apply in equal proportion.
“She was at every practice, she did what’s asked and she just does her job,” Allen said. “She doesn’t stop hustling. If there’s a situation in a game she’ll ask the coaches and provide insight.
“She’s a problem solver. She’s coachable. She also has great grades.”
Blausey, Woodmore’s News Herald athlete of the year, was second-team all-Ohio for soccer as a senior. She was first-team all-Northern Buckeye Conference as a junior and senior, and first-team all-district as a senior.
Blausey, however, focused more on team success. Woodmore won the conference crown Blausey’s junior year and played in the district finals her last two seasons.
“When I’m on a team I want to help everybody else achieve their goals,” she said. “I’m supposed to be there to make myself better and my team better. Soccer is my favorite sport. I worked hard to be the best I could be.
“Everything paid off.”
Blausey, who earned four letters for soccer, was among the Wildcats’ top scorers playing forward when Allen arrived her junior year. He put her at defense in a preseason tournament and was too enamored with her potential to play her at forward again.
Blausey was shocked, as well as confused and frustrated at first. She was a productive player familiar with her position through years of practice and now she had to learn the nuances of a position with less glory.
“I never played there,” she said. “He knows what he’s doing. He saw potential. It worked out. I enjoyed defense. I like challenges and trying to improve my abilities. It made me more diverse.”
Blausey earned the Wildcat Award for team spirit, leadership and hard work. She never complained during the transition, or otherwise, according to Allen.
“Sarah’s determination was to be the best she could be at whatever position she played,” he said. “She adapted and ran with it. She helped (defender) Carly (Rothert). Carly will be ready to take over.”
Blausey qualified to regional in the pole vault and 4×100 relay as a senior. She earned three letters for track and one for basketball as a junior.