As most sports fans know, reading the box score of any athletic contest does not always reveal the whole story.
Key plays and exceptional effort sometimes do not translate into raw numbers.
According to OTHS girls soccer coach Craig Dippel, one of his standout players seldom makes the headlines; however, her contributions to the Panthers have been invaluable over her three previous varsity seasons and has extended said contributions into the start of the 2015 campaign, making senior defender Elaine Gorom this week’s top athlete.
“Elaine is a 4-year starter, and her skills, the way she reads the game along with her communication and leadership abilities, are big reasons why the team was able to get off to a 4-1-1 start to the season,” Dippel said. “She rarely comes off the field. In our last three games and especially against Nerinx Hall, she has exhibited great poise and composure, leading our defenders to excellent efforts overall. She has shown why she is a Division I bound player (Drake University). In games against Marion, Althoff and Nerinx she was won head balls, blocked a number of shots and made extremely smart decisions with the ball offensively.”
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“I play soccer because it’s in my blood,” explained the Panther senior, the daughter of Paul and Regina Gorom. “My mom played soccer and it’s a part of my German heritage. I just love the game. As I was growing up, I participated in many sports but enjoyed soccer the most. My parents are the main reason for my success. They pushed me with cross country which helped my endurance for soccer. My dad practices with me whenever he can, and they always demand the best from me.”
“Participating in soccer has taught me how to have a good work ethic,” Gorom added. “It has helped me learn about dedication and self-discipline which I now apply at home and at school.”