When Genevieve Sauers was 3 years old she saw children playing soccer and asked her mom if she could try it.
Already in dance, she was told she’d have to choose between the two. Sauers decided on soccer and never looked back.
“I chose soccer and have been in love with it ever since,” she said.
Now a high school senior, Sauers recently signed to play next year for Northwest College.
“She has worked very hard to get to this stage in her life and she deserves it,” Cody girls soccer coach Marian Miears said. “I think she will love playing in college and I think her teammates will enjoy having her. I wish her the best of luck.”
Sauers said she looked at a few other schools but that Northwest made the most sense, as it’s both affordable and close to home.
“Picking a college was the most stressful thing,” she said. “I’ve wanted to play in college since I was in middle school and am excited for what’s next. I’m looking forward to a high level of play.”
NWC women’s soccer coach Bobby Peters said he’s happy they were able to sign Sauers so early.
“Having been on a high school team that’s won a state championship, she’ll bring grit, speed and a winning attitude,” he said. “She has good size and skill and a great shot to put goals in.”
After starting her career in rec soccer, Sauers moved on to play in Yellowstone Fire, winning a state title and finishing second a few times.
Last June, Sauers also began playing for the 307 Club Team which includes soccer talent from around the state.
“We train before a tournament and go play some hard teams,” she said. “We go to places like Phoenix, Vegas, Washington and New Mexico.”
In high school she started playing varsity as a freshman.
“I was nervous,” she said. “I remember my eighth-grade year I wanted to be on varsity and worked super hard to get there.”
Cody has had winning seasons each of Sauers’ years on the team, but the Fillies struggled at state until last year when they won the state championship.
“We had a history of choking so I’m glad we finished last year,” she said. “It was incredible to experience the feeling of winning state.”
Now in her final season with the Fillies, Sauers feels they have the talent to win state again this year.
“I think if we keep working hard it’s definitely doable, but we can’t go out just thinking we’re going to win. We have to give it 100 percent every day.”
For herself, she just wants to continue to improve her skills. She credits her coaches for helping her get to the level she’s currently at.
“She is coachable and accepts every challenge,” Miears said. “She’s always been a competitor that loves to win and she’s been a great leader from the beginning of her soccer career. She has always wanted to be the best.”
Sauers is considering going into the medical field, and after her time at Northwest hopes to continue playing soccer for a four-year university.