OMAHA (KMTV) — Creighton soccer player Skylar Heinrich wants to one day become a veterinarian, working with exotic animals like snakes. The sophomore sure knows how to strike quickly on the pitch, finishing 2nd in the league in goals per game while winning the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2019.
"It was such a surprise," said Heinrich. "I had no idea. I wasn't expecting anything. I was really grateful I was able to play and stay healthy through the whole season. I just wanted to work as hard as I could and what came out of it is exciting."
After helping Elkhorn High to the state title in 2018 as a junior, Heinrich decided to graduate early & forego her senior season of high school soccer. The decision paid off as the forward scored three game-winning goals last year.
"Coming early definitely helped," Heinrich said. "I loved it. It worked out for me. I thought it helped getting to know the team."
However, Heinrich believes she can raise her level play even higher in her next final three years at Creighton.
"How I started freshman year is not how I want to end senior year," said Heinrich. "I want to grow as a player on the mental aspect of the game. Thinking before doing."
While the Jays were unable to have spring matches & practices, Heinrich has still been able to balance individual workouts along with schoolwork.
"I do about like two hours of homework or just class in general," Heinrich said. "And then I'll usually take a break and that's when I work out or do field work. And then I'll come back to doing homework so I have my evening to myself to walk my dog."