Ragsdale's Kubrick signs with App State

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Lindsay Kubrick plays with heart.

It’s what has driven her to be successful throughout her soccer career and throughout her career at Ragsdale. And it’s also what has now helped her sign with her top school, Appalachian State University, to continue playing at the NCAA Division I level.

“It’s a dream come true,” she says. “It’s cliché, but it’s the best way to put it. App’s where I’ve always wanted to go. And for it to actually be happening is more than anyone could do for me. And to know I did it myself is really rewarding.”

Kubrick, the daughter of Dennis and Julie of Greensboro, grew up trying a number of sports – everything from softball and tennis to karate. But something within her personality clicked with playing soccer, and she’s stuck with it since she was 4 years old.

“I got the most positive feedback from it and the most encouragement,” she says. “I was very aggressive as a child. It was just a way for me to let it all out. With softball, you kinda stood around. Tennis was too hard, I guess. Karate was crazy. It was just what I was best at and ended up loving it.”

Kubrick, whose older sister, Alex, played goalkeeper at UNC Charlotte, grew into a talented soccer player herself through middle school. But she suffered a freak accident while riding a minibike at the beginning of her eighth grade year that required surgery on her knee.

Suddenly, because of the injury, her soccer career hung in the balance, just as she was preparing for high school. The recovery was very challenging both mentally and physically as an eighth grader. But by the start of her freshman season at Ragsdale, she was ready to play and contribute.

“It was really hard,” she says. “Because before that happened, I was very well-known around the state with ODP and everything. It was like I had to restart. That was the time when you’re going from one league to the next, and you just have to try to catch up the best you can.”

With the Tigers, led by longtime coach Brien Braswell, Kubrick brought an immediate threat at forward. The way she plays, so hard-nosed and passionate, is a tremendous asset, earning her all-conference twice and all-region three times heading into her senior season.

She’s worked hard to learn how to be strong on the ball, complementing her speed and comfort with the ball on either foot. But, at the same time, she had to figure out how direct that passion a little more effectively, which she learned to do very well over time.

“Lindsay came in a very talented player, very physical,” Braswell says. “We almost had to tone it down because she was bound for injury. So, I advised her to play smarter. She was physical, which I like to see, but she just had to dial it back.

“She’s become a smarter player, she works well with her teammates – she’s the total package. But she would go so hard, and you have to pick and choose. So, she’s come a long way. She’s always been talented, but she’s really matured.”

In considering schools, Kubrick, who recently moved to defender for her NC Fusion club team and plans to play defense for the Mountaineers, always wanted to go to Appalachian State. So, when she emailed the coaching staff and didn’t hear back, it was frustrating.

At a game during the Disney Showcase, a teammate told her that the Appalachian State coaches, who’d been keeping tabs on her without her knowing, were there. But because she hadn’t heard anything, she had grown cool on the Mountaineers – until receiving an email shortly thereafter.

“It was maybe an hour after the game and they emailed me and addressed it, ‘Superstar, I would love to have you on my team,’” says Kubrick, who also considered UNC Wilmington and East Carolina. “And I was like, ‘What?’ So, I went on a visit that next month.

“I am a mountain girl. I’ve always loved the mountains,” she says of choosing Appalachian, also noting she wants to study forensics. “The only downside of the whole school is the weather. But I can get over that. It was just perfect.”

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