She's been all that — and Morey

South Kitsap goalkeeper Monique Morey only is eight months away from a ceremony millions of Americans reach every year.

But unlike many, it will not mark the conclusion but the beginning of yet another educational threshold.

That’s because Morey, who holds a 3.98 grade-point average, plans to become either a veterinarian or a pediatrician and acknowledges that “I have lots of school left.”

“I’ve just always been so fascinated with the human body or any type of body, like the animal,” she said. “It’s just so amazing how it works and how we came to be. I just want to help people.”

Perhaps that’s why she was the obvious vote for “natural helper” on the homecoming court. Maybe it’s why after a week of soccer practices and matches, she’s holding a clipboard every Friday night on the South sideline to keep statistics for the football team because her older sister, Megan, who also played soccer, did it. She’s the fourth of five children.

“She’s a major contributor to everything she’s in,” said South coach Scott Sodorff, who also teaches social studies at the high school. “I haven’t had her in class unfortunately. She’s involved with everything she does.”

That side of her -- the natural helper -- also relates to her decisions. It seems a given that Morey would take French given her first name. That assumption is wrong -- and for a reason.

“I plan to go to Mexico to help out down there,” she said. “The living conditions aren’t great down there.”

Morey has no idea when that journey will occur. She still is in the process of selecting a college with her recruiter and helping the Wolves return to state, which they missed last year for the first time since 2000. That also means replacing CJ Balstad, the team’s standout goalkeeper last season who now plays at Central Washington University.

“It’s a lot to live up to, but hopefully I’m doing all right so far,” she said.

Sodorff said he likes what he’s seen so far as the Wolves have shutout six opponents and haven’t allowed more than two goals in a match.

She kind of had the misfortune of being a year behind CJ and had to wait her turn, but she stepped in and has done very well,” he said.

The coach also likes his pupil’s competitiveness. He said she suffered a concussion when her head collided with the goalpost on a save in Tuesday’s 1-0 loss against Stadium, but she wanted to return five minutes later. Sodorff held her out and Morey also sat out of Thursday’s match against Central Kitsap for precautionary reasons.

“She doesn’t mind the responsibility, she’ll step up and won’t shy away from it,” Sodorff said.

Even though she didn’t start last season, Morey was elected as a captain by her teammates along with Kylie Balstad and Sarah Milne.

“She’s a great, tenacious athlete,” Sodorff said. “She’s very loud on the field and I mean that in the best way possible. We’re strong defensively because of her help.”

Morey hopes to be a collegiate goalkeeper and refines her skill during the winter by playing in a select league. In between sports and activities, she finds time for homework. Her lowest grades, an A- in both chemistry and English, came last spring.

“I had like a 92.5 (percent) in both,” she said. “I was frustrated with both. I worked hard in both.

“I don’t get very much sleep, but I do what I can. I’ll eat when I can and study all the time. Whenever I have free time I’ll try and study to get ahead.”

After all, the busy schedule only figures to become more intense in the future.

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