Gullickson, Kubrick play hard, have fun in East-West
Andrew Gullickson and Lindsay Kubrick both wanted to play hard, but they also wanted to have fun in Tuesday’s NCCA East-West All-Star soccer games.
Gullickson, a recent graduate of Southwest Guilford, wants to use his performance as a springboard for when he gets to Virginia Tech, where he plans to play at the club level but hopes to eventually walk-on the varsity team.
For Kubrick, a recent graduate of Ragsdale who has signed with Appalachian State, she just always plays hard. Even when she’s playing for fun, she still goes a lot harder than a lot of other players – that’s just part of her game.
“With the feedback coaches have given me, that’s always what’s been setting me apart from other players,” she said. “So, I try to keep that to a max. But, yeah, it was important to have fun too, especially playing for the last time with some of these girls who I’ve played with for a long time.”
Making the start on defense and playing well all over the field, Kubrick helped her West team defeat the East 4-1 at the UNCG Soccer Stadium. For the most part, it was an opportunity to play alongside a number of players she knows – including future roommate Sarah Peatross from Mount Tabor – and put the final stamp on their high school careers.
“It was really special,” said Kubrick, who helped the Tigers reach the third round of the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs as a junior. “Even if we would’ve lost, it would’ve been really special for all of us.”
Still, she didn’t ease up. Kubrick made several tough plays, including one in the second half after which she needed to come out. But after a short break, she was back out at forward and soon drew fouls just outside the box on two good offensive chances.
Gullickson also played well, despite his West team falling 5-2 against the East. He started in the midfield and switched between center-mid and outside-mid. It was a difficult assignment, given the West was down a reserve, but he played well and enjoyed it overall.
“It was a good experience,” said Gullickson, who helped the Cowboys reach the fourth round of the state playoffs as a senior. “We all hung out the whole time. It was just a good thing. If I could do it all over again, I would. It was good to play with players from all over the state, see the different styles. And it was just a good experience to meet new people.”
He does plan to use the tape of his performance to perhaps help him down the road at Virginia Tech. But, regardless of what happens, his experience playing with many of the top players from around the state for his final high school game was memorable.
“It was good, because I was the only one from Southwest,” he said. “It was fun – I actually had some teammates come out and watch. That’s always nice. It’s definitely a good way to end my high school soccer career.”