Montel grows in her first year

Published 8:20 pm Saturday, July 8, 2017

Former King’s Fork High School standout Logan Montel came out of her freshman season at Christopher Newport University a different person than she went in.

Montel is gearing up for her sophomore year of college soccer, which starts in September. In her first year, she was a contributor on a CNU women’s soccer team that finished with a record of 17-3-1. Their season ended with a 4-0 loss to John Hopkins University in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.

Montel started in six of the 21 games last season. The Lady Captain feels her freshman year went differently than she thought it was going to go but in a good way. She grew with her team along with getting a significant amount of playing time as a freshman.

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When Montel first stepped on the CNU soccer field, she was determined to produce as much as she could for her team. It wasn’t hard for her to quickly come in and build chemistry with her teammates. She knew her transition was going to be easier the sooner she came in and embraced the team. There were struggles in Montel’s first year, as expected, but most were due to how she personally felt.

“I have a very competitive attitude,” Montel said. “I was determined to make an impact. I struggled at times because I felt like I could do more or wasn’t doing enough. However, the team picks you up and helps you realize how important every player is.”

Now that she has a year under her belt, she is preparing for her sophomore year differently. This summer, it has been easy for her to maintain nutrition and stay in shape, because she knows how important it is. The midfielder has plans to take her game to the next level during her sophomore season.

In her last year at King’s Fork, Montel was an all-conference, all-region and all-state performer.