Last winter, in a soccer training session before a regional match at Viera High School, the ball came to the foot of forward Hope Leonard, who, being in the box, could have deposited it to collect another goal, even if it didn’t count. Instead, she stuck her foot on it and gestured to fellow players.”Push up!” she bellowed. “(Coach Courtney Baines Lundy) said to push up. Push up!”That was the way Leonard was throughout her high school and club career, one reason for Viera having won its first state championship and for her having been named FLORIDA TODAY’s Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

Source: Leonard: FLORIDA TODAY Girls Soccer Player of the Year
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