A tragic car accident on the evening of Mar. 1, claimed the lives of two teenagers in St. Cloud, FL, one of which was standout soccer player Rachel Price, whose admiration, determination and passion for the sport will never be forgotten.
These are traits 18-year-old Price is well known for by family and friends, especially when it comes to overcoming obstacles to accomplish dreams.
Her high school soccer career was one of promise for the future. Price received the Class 5A and 6A Player of the Year and Florida Today All-Space Coast Player of the Year in 2011. She also played with the U18 National team and is recognized as the youngest player to travel on the Tampa Bay Hellenic W-league and WPSL.
But, senior year brought Price’s world to a screeching halt when she was diagnosed with the disease lupus. This resulted in the termination of her hard earned Div 1 soccer scholarship to a top ranked school. As she prepared to graduate, her plans had to change and she chose to attend Div 2 Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, where she was studying Marine Biology.
The ambitious Price brushed the daunting news off like dirt on her cleats and refused to let her dreams be dashed. She completed her first successful season with the Eckerd Tritons, tallying up three goals and one assist in four games played.
“Words cannot describe the loss of Rachel Price to Eckerd College,” Eckerd Head Coach Danielle Fotopoulos said in a statement on the school website. “She was a strong, confident woman and a friend. She was successful in anything she put her mind to. It was an honor to get to be her coach and she taught us all, as a team, to put everything on the line. Rachel fought for her life to play soccer and now not even being with us, continues to bless us. May God bless her family and help them find peace.”
But most importantly, she faced her fears with optimism and continued to shine as an example to others of how dreams are never impossible to reach if you persevere. And though this precious life was taken so suddenly and unexpectedly, the amazing legacy Price leaves behind will forever leave a lasting impression on those who knew her and on the soccer world as a whole.
“Rachel will be missed by her family, her extended family and her friends,”grandfather Donnie Price told reporters. “Rachel was a beautiful person and she brought smiles to everyone around her.”