“Anastasia will end up being a very special player at the next level.” -Coach Eric Jacobs
School: John Overton
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Jersey #: 4
Position: Winger, Attacking Mid, Forward
Coached By: Eric Jacobs, Wade Wonderlin
- Enrolled in the IT academy for computer coding
- Beta Club
- Cybersecurity Club
- Member of Army Aviation Association of America Student Chapter
- Started varsity as a freshman and sophomore
- Varsity co-captain as a sophomore
- 15 goals, 12 assists for 2018 high school season
- 2018 District Offensive MVP
- All District as freshman and sophomore
- Member of U-18 Maroon for Nashville United Soccer Academy
Coach Jacobs on Anastasia Smith:
Aside from her athletic ability, what makes Anastasia an attractive recruit?
“Her work ethic is what separates her from other players. Anastasia has a way about her, unlike many other players I’ve seen or coached. She’s always working, she’s always trying to improve. She just has the fuel to be the best and it’s so easy to see. You could spend a very little amount of time with Anastasia and realize very quickly that success, and doing things the right way, is what drives her. She is that kid that will be the first one to the field and the last one to leave. She is the kid that will figure out what it takes to win. It’s not because she is told to be that way. It’s just who she is.”
What physical qualities will translate well for Anastasia at the next level?
“Anastasia’s speed and her technical skill will be huge for her at the next level. 9 out of 10 times, she’s the fastest player on the field, regardless of we’re playing against. She’s incredibly fast and she’s equally the same as a goal scorer. Anastasia’s shooting ability as a sophomore in high school is much more advanced than a normal player at her age. From the standpoint of an attack, Anastasia is a very intimidating player to defend. Because of her speed, her ability to beat players one-on-one to find space and her ability to finish, Anastasia really can be a nightmare to defend.”
What is your message to any college program interested in Anastasia?
“If you decide to take a chance on Anastasia, you’re going to get something amazing back. This is not type of player where you question whether her ability will translate at the next level. This is a player that will do whatever is necessary to be the best collegiate player she can be. Couple her desire to play college soccer with her physical ability, Anastasia will end up being a very special player at the next level. She will be a huge, impactful addition to whatever program she decides on.”
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