Erin Ginsberg’s soccer ability clearly was at a level that could get her an NCAA scholarship.
The Prairie Ridge forward’s promising career hit a couple of roadblocks in 2010 and 2011, when she tore each of her ACLs. Ginsberg, now a senior, pressed on.
“I think there was a point in time when I questioned it, but all the hard work and dedication that I put in helped me achieve my dream,” Ginsberg said.
Ginsberg will sign her NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend NCAA Division II Maryville University in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon at Prairie Ridge. She had two goals and one assist for the Wolves, who finished 19-3-1 and were Class 2A state runners-up last season.
Ginsberg played travel soccer with the Crystal Lake Force and injured her left knee in 2010, her freshman year. She suffered a torn ACL, MCL and meniscus damage and took eight months to rehabilitate.
A year later, again playing for Force, she suffered an ACL tear in her right knee and took six months to recover.
“Physically, I would say I was back to normal with the therapy and work in about six months,” Ginsberg said. “But mentally, it took me awhile before I wasn’t second-guessing myself on tackles and afraid that I might get hurt. Because of what I went through, I can take anything thrown my way.”
Ginsberg plans on majoring in occupational therapy at Maryville. In the summer after her sophomore year, she contacted Maryville coach Eric Delabar about her interest in the school. Delabar was the first to contact Ginsberg back and last summer she committed to the Saints.
Ginsberg thoroughly enjoyed her first healthy high school season on the state runner-up team, the best finish in school history for girls soccer.
“We had a really good all-around team,” Ginsberg said. “It was incredible playing with all those girls in my first healthy year.”