At Nebraska Soccer Talk, we love covering everything soccer related. For the most part, that means covering games and providing analysis/opinions. However, our overall mission and purpose is far reaching and ambitious. Our goal is to bring the soccer community closer together through collaboration and communication. There are countless people that deserve recognition for their efforts as a player, official, or coach. Throughout the season, we will be highlighting these individuals through our Get To Know Me articles.
This will be a series made up of three different components. All of which are meant to bring attention to the soccer community.
- Get To Know Me (Coach Edition) – These individuals are responsible for building their programs, growing the game of soccer, and mentoring the next generation. We look forward to learning about their lives and philosophies.
- Get To Know Me (Player Edition) – This article series will focus on high school juniors and seniors that have demonstrated themselves to be quality players and people. With these features, our community will learn about some of the most impressive players in the state.
- Future of the Game – This article series will focus on the freshmen and sophomore classes. These are players that we will be covering for years to come.
Thank you to every individual that provided information for this idea. We appreciate your thoughtful and timely responses.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s): Mark and Janna Pilkington
High School Soccer Team: Elkhorn South Girls Soccer
Position: Outside back, defensive mid
Club Team: Midwest Premier Academy
What is your favorite subject in school? Why? Chemistry because my teacher is awesome, and we are always doing something fun or interesting experiments.
What are your future plans? Go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and do something in the medical field, I don’t plan to play college soccer.
Who’s your favorite soccer player and why?
I would say my favorite soccer player is Julie Ertz because I have always followed her and liked her as a player and as a person. I think the foundation she created with her husband is really cool, and I like that she makes an impact on and off the field.
Throughout your high school career, you have undoubtedly learned many lessons and matured as a player. Based on those lessons and experiences, give three pieces of advice to your freshman self.
My sophomore season got cancelled due to COVID and that taught me to not take anything for granted, because anything can be taken from you in a heartbeat. Don’t get caught up in whether you’re a starter or not, you don’t have to start or play the entire game to be a contributor to the teams success. Have fun. High school flies by and especially losing an entire season has taught me to just have fun and take in every moment because it’ll be over before you know it.
Who has helped you become the player that you are today? How did they help you? Is there anything you would like to tell them?
Definitely my parents. They have always supported me and been there for me, and I definitely don’t thank them enough for what they have done for me, so thank you Mom and Dad!
Could you see yourself coaching soccer someday? Is that a path that you are interested in following? If so, why?
I could definitely see myself coaching someday, because I want to keep soccer in my life, and since I am probably not playing after high school, I would love to coach to continue being around the sport.
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