Holy Family Catholic School eighth-grader Eileen Sweeney is a leader for the girls soccer team.
In addition to being an exceptional student and classmate at Holy Family Catholic School, Eileen Sweeney is a standout player for the Lions’ girls soccer team (2-3). On a young team loaded with sixth graders, Sweeney — an eighth grader — has seven goals this season, in addition to being a strong player for her club team.
How do you think this season has gone for the team?
It’s going pretty well. What I’m trying to do is make the most of it and do it with my friends and have fun — but also teach the younger girls what they’re supposed to do.
What do you like about playing for your school, as opposed to playing for your club team?
There’s not as much pressure when you a mistake and I find it more fun to be with your friends you go to school with.
Which game are you most proud of so far this season?
In every game, we’ve improved along the way. I think our last game was the best because we played St. Charles and the whole team worked together, so we ended up winning.
What’s the best advice you’ve gotten about soccer?
“Do it until it’s not fun any more.” My mom said that because it’s not worth doing if you’re not willing to put in the work.
What do you enjoy about playing soccer?
I like being able to not be confined to one place, to be able to go wherever you want.
Do you have a favorite team or player you like to watch?
I enjoy watching Julie Johnson — she’s a center-back for the United States Women’s National Team.
What are your favorite subjects in school?
I enjoy math and science.
What do you think you’d like to do for a career when you grow up?
I haven’t really thought that far ahead yet, but maybe something to do with sports.
What do you think you have to improve in order to play in high school next year?
I think I have to improve my shots on goal, because I’m normally a defender for my club team but when I play for my school team I have to be able to play multiple positions.
What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not playing soccer or doing schoolwork?
I like spending time with my family.