There isn’t a lonelier position in all of sports than that of goaltender. For large stretches of the game you can be by yourself, and if you give up a goal, it doesn’t matter how many people are around, because you wish they were gone.
The Mashpee girls’ soccer team has a goalie that doesn’t give up a lot of goals but certainly has had more than her share of games where she was watching her teammates dominate on the other side of the field. When they need her, against really good teams, she’s there, though. Amanda Seroka has been a varsity keeper for Mashpee over the last few seasons, and has been a big reason that the team has become one of the better clubs in the South Shore League.
Hard work has gotten her to the point of being one of the South Shore League’s better net minders. The daughter of Debra Pokies and John Soroka was named last year’s Most Improved Player on the varsity team.
Amanda comes from a big family, and is the youngest of five. She said that her siblings, who range in age from 33 to 23, are her most-prized possessions.
Amanda also works part-time at Willow bend Country Club. She said that “Pretty Little Liars” is her favorite TV show. In school, woodshop is her favorite class.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved in soccer very young, starting with town soccer, then youth soccer and now varsity starting goalie. My sisters Nicole and Kristine pushed me to start soccer because they played. I wanted to be just like them, so the first chance I got my mom signed me up. I enjoy soccer very much, not just because I like the sport, but because I love the feeling that we are all a big family.
You play goalie for the Lady Falcons. How much work have you put into improving your play, and what are the biggest factors in being successful as a keeper?
Well last year I was awarded the most improved player on the team. I believe I received this award because every chance I got I asked my coach to work on my weakness, which last year was high balls. As a goalie I always hear “although she lacks in height,” so I want to prove to others my height doesn’t define how good I am in the net. I believe to be a successful keeper you have to play with confidence and go 100 percent with every decision you make in the net.
What do you like most about playing goal? What's the worst part?
My favorite part of playing goal is the feeling I get after making a big save and I hear the crowd and my team go crazy. The worst part about playing net wants to be the one to score the goal on the games that aren’t so exciting for me.
Your team had a great deal of success last year. What do you think it will take for the Lady Falcons to once again return to the state tournament and to challenge for the league title?
I think this year we are on the road to the state tournament again for sure. I believe if we all keep working and playing each minute on the field 110 percent, like we’ve been doing, I know we’ll be back to fight for the league title. I know it will take a lot of work but I know this team is capable of making it there.
Not only do you play soccer, but you’re also a member of the MHS football team’s support staff. Explain what your responsibilities are there. How did you get involved with that?
I got involved in the MHS football teams staff last year when my friend Christina Ball asked me to help her because her dad is one of the coaches and he needed help on the sidelines. I just help where I can for the team, even if it’s as simple as getting water for the team.
What is your favorite sports-related memory?
Although it might not be the best memory, one of my favorite sports-related memories is a game where I got hurt. It was my freshman year, and the team was at Hull High School. We were winning, but one of my teammates got a handball in the box, meaning Hull got a penalty shot on me. The girl made the shot, and I saved it, but she went for the rebound and so did I; we collided, and her cleat hit my hip. I remember lying there in pain with my eyes closed, crying. When I opened my eyes, the first person I saw was my teammate Kate Albertson, and she said, “You look like an angel in the lights” as I lay there crying. As soon as I heard her say that I couldn’t help but laugh and feel a little bit better.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I never had any superstitions but I do remember a time when I got new cleats and a teammate asked if they were new, and said they would never buy new cleats in the middle of the year because it was bad luck. Unfortunately, that same year I broke my wrist playing soccer.
What's the most important thing you've learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned from playing sports is that it’s not about how many wins or loses you have, or how many minutes you spend on the field. It’s about the memories you made with your team that you always hold close to your heart.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration is my sister Lindsay because she is truly happy with who she is today. She is mother to my two nieces Kaela and Moriah and my nephew Nate and is an RN. Although she and my brother-in-law got married young, they are still together and have a beautiful family and I hope one day I have that.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I want to thank my coach for always pushing me to be a great player on the field, and a great student off the field. She has always encouraged me to work at being the best goalie I can be and never lost hope in me even after breaking my wrist my sophomore year.
What's the most interesting place you've ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you've always dreamed of going? Why?
Unfortunately I haven’t traveled much, but the most interesting place I’ve been was California. When I get older I would like to travel to the Bahamas or somewhere warm because I love the crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches.
What is something about Amanda Soroka that people would be surprised to learn?
I think some people would be surprised to learn that I love to dress up and be girly. I tend to put off a tough attitude, like when I’m in net or on the football field, but I actually love dressing up, especially for prom and homecoming.
If you could have dinner with any four people (dead or alive), who would they be and why?
If I could have dinner with any four people it would be Johnny Depp, Paul Walker, Mark Wahlberg and Blake Lively, because I’ve loved every movie they have been in, so I would love to meet them. I have met Mark one time at Willowbend but he wouldn’t remember that.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My idea of a perfect day is cool October day. I would be in New Hampshire with my best friend Asia. I would start my day with a warm hot chocolate and go for a walk in the mountains. I love the colors of the leaves when the weather is changing because they are always bright oranges, reds and yellows. We would take lots of pictures and later go to my favorite restaurant up there.
What are your post-high school plans?
After high school, I would like to attend University of Massachusetts Boston and major in nursing. I’m not sure what kind of nurse I would like to be but hopefully I will soon figure it out.
Where will Amanda Soroka be in 10 years, and what will she be doing?
Amanda Soroka in 10 years will hopefully a nurse at a hospital or pediatrician’s office. I would like to have a house to call my own and maybe even be married. I would like to be living somewhere in the mountains and have a dog preferably a pit bull or husky.