High Five: Davis discusses soccer, church and running a marathon

Published 8:22 am Friday, March 15, 2024

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Five games into her senior season, Southside’s Lilly Davis is already the girls soccer program’s all-time leading scorer with 37 goals and 88 total points. After a stellar junior campaign, she’s looking to finish strong with another playoff run.

1. When did you start playing soccer?

Lilly: My parents signed me up for the Optimist League in Washington when I was four. I also played tee-ball and basketball when I was little and I was on the track team during COVID, but I’ve played soccer every year since I started.

2. What about the sport made you stick with it?

Lilly: I made All-Stars for Optimist, then I made the Chocowinity Middle School team, so that encouraged me to keep playing. It’s a great feeling to be running on the field with my teammates. It’s fun to make progress as a team and I like learning the rules and skills that make me better also. I’ve always had good a relationship with my teammates and some of them are my closest friends. That’s been the best part for me.

3. What’s it like to score a goal?

Lilly: It’s a huge rush of adrenaline and it makes me feel like I accomplished something. I didn’t score at all in middle school, so it was really fun to get one my freshman year here. Knowing I can score helps me relax on the field and gives me the confidence to try my best. We have a lot of freshmen this year who are really good and our team has come together quickly. I think we are going to have a very good season.

4. What do you like to do when you’re not playing or studying?

Lilly: I enjoy working out at the gym and I recently set a goal to run a marathon by the end of 2024. I also like volunteering at my church (First Methodist in Washington). I help with children’s church, our Stop Hunger Now campaign and Vacation Bible School in the summer.

5. What are your plans after graduation?

Lilly: To major in Business at ECU. I would like to run my own small business at some point, but I’m not sure what kind right now. I liked my career management class freshman year and I enjoy learning about economics.