More than just a win?

By: By Adam Capps -
Midway soccer star Avery Apperson explains the importance of the United States’ 5-2 World Cup win over Japan

By Adam Capps

Avery Apperson has been playing soccer for basically her entire life. She plays club soccer, and played for Midway High School for four years. Her and her entire family have always been a soccer family, and according to her, the United States’ 5-2 World Cup win over Japan in the Final on Sunday, was more than just the winning of a soccer game.

“Coming from a family that loves the game of soccer, this was a very exciting weekend,” she said. “From driving an hour away to play club soccer to having my dad coach me and my sisters for high school soccer, we have lived and breathed the game of soccer.”

In August, Apperson and her family saw the national team play in Cary, when they played against Switzerland. “Getting to watch the US Women’s National team play back in August was amazing, especially now that they are the World Cup Champions,” she said. “Meeting people like Ali Krieger and Sydney Leroux and watching Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Hope Solo, and Carli Lloyd play was a once in a lifetime chance.”

Apperson mentioned that the win on Sunday night may have somewhat put soccer back on the map at a national level. “I think the most exciting part about the World Cup win for the US team was seeing the recognition it got from everybody. While I was watching the game with my family, I scrolled through my Twitter timeline and saw that everybody was watching,” said Apperson.

“My family and I, along with many soccer fans across the nation, were extremely excited, not only about the win but with the possibility of more interest in our area for the game of soccer as a result of the win.”

There is already a spike in soccer interest in the United States. Since 1999, the last time the US Women won the World Cup, female soccer participation at the high school level is up 27 percent. Expect that to climb with the excitement the United States team brought in Sunday’s win.