When Callia Eaton first started playing varsity soccer at Mashpee High School it was easy to see the potential she had to be a difference-maker for the Falcons. Countless games, practices, and bruises later and that potential is being realized as a senior for the girls’ soccer team.
A three-sport standout at MHS, Callia has turned things up a notch in her final soccer season. She is one of the team’s top scorers and leads the team in intangibles. Whether it’s getting back on defense, winning a 50-50 ball, or creating chances for others, the senior is a big reason that MHS looks poised for a nice run this year.
The daughter of Matt and Cara Eaton is also a strong student at MHS. She loves science classes, especially biology, and the co-captain for the girls’ soccer team said that her pugs, Odie and Gus, are her most-prized possessions.
Callia will finish her high school career having lettered 16 times in total, with five varsity seasons with soccer and lacrosse, and six with the indoor track and field team. She’s earned All-Star awards in all three sports along the way.
“Just Go With It” is Callia’s favorite movie and “The Vampire Diaries” is her favorite TV show. Maroon 5 is her favorite band and her go-to meal is something Mexican, which has to include chips and guac and salsa, and fried ice cream.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I got involved with soccer when I was 5 years old and have played in many different leagues and teams ever since. At a very young age I was introduced to a lot of my friends and teammates, who I am still close with today. Soccer has always been my favorite sport and something that I am constantly looking forward to. Not only do I love playing it, but I love the people it has brought to me. I would say my role on the team is a leader and someone who loves making everyone smile and laugh.
The season has just started, what are your expectations for the team? What can you do to help the squad get there?
I have very high expectations for this team this season. This team is one with heart and grit. No one ever has to ask this team to play harder, or to give 100 percent because everyone always does. Every person on this team contributes in their own way, and there isn’t one person who doesn’t make a big difference to the team culture and games. I am really thankful that this is the team I get to have my senior season with and I envision us getting very far in the playoffs. I think I can help get us there by continuing to do my job on this team and encouraging everyone else to do theirs.
Soccer can be a physical game, and you are not the biggest player on the field. How do you make your size work to your advantage, and do you get frustrated by some of the more physical defenders who try to put you on the ground?
My whole life I’ve definitely been on the shorter side, but from a young age I had to learn how to play against people who are bigger than me. I definitely used to get really frustrated, especially when I first started playing varsity in 8th grade, and the girls were a lot stronger and taller than me. I have since adjusted to this game and realized if I wanted to compete I had to be scrappier and faster than my competition.
You also compete in track and field and lacrosse at Mashpee. What have those experiences been like, and are you looking forward to being involved again later this year?
I’ve always loved running but never really had anywhere to do it competitively until 7th grade, when I started running track. It’s difficult to put into words, but the feeling of finishing a race is probably the most rewarding feeling. Track takes a lot out of you mentally and physically; it requires a lot of heart, which is why finishing an event is so special and makes the experience of doing track so worth it. I didn’t start lacrosse until 8th grade, but once I did I instantly fell in love with the sport and wanted to be the best I could be at it. My experiences with lacrosse have been so incredible and I have high hopes for this upcoming season. I’m very excited for my senior season in track and lacrosse and I foresee it being a successful year for these teams.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
A scouting report would probably mention my passing and foot skills; these are big things that define my game. They would also mention that I’m a hustler and play with a lot of heart every game.
Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
Yes, my sophomore year we made it to the quarterfinals and played Holbrook. The game was under the lights and in their stadium and the energy of just being there was amazing. Not only was the experience of being there with the team and in this environment awesome, but we ended up winning 5-1 and moving onto the semifinals. I’ll never forget this game and the happiness we all felt to make it that far and then even farther.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far would be last year when I received the South Shore League All Star award in soccer, track and lacrosse.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
I’ve been fortunate enough to have incredible teammates in all three sports I play. All of my teammates are my best friends and they’ve all stood out to me as being great teammates. One person in particular comes to mind though. Sam Kersey. Sam and I have played soccer together since we were 5 years old in rec soccer and moved on to play travel soccer together as well as club soccer in 7th grade and for the past four years, high school soccer. Sam and I have a bond on and off the field that makes her an unforgettable teammate for me. We’ve played together for so long that we connect a lot on the field together. Sam is not only an unbelievable player but her personality makes her so much more unbelievable. She is humble and kind and her knowledge for the game and her endless positivity make her even more of an asset to the team. I’m very lucky to have gotten to play with Sam for so many years and I’m so excited to watch her further her soccer career at Fairfield University next year.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I’ve never been huge on superstitions but a superstition of mine is that I always have to put my right cleat on first, then left second.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I’ve learned from playing sports is that effort is everything. I’ve learned that you can achieve almost anything if you want it badly enough. I’ve learned that even when you may not personally feel your best, you still have to show up for your teammates’ sake; you have to be selfless. At the end of the day, you have to focus on the things you can control, and you can control your heart and hustle, which is a lesson I have learned and taken and used in other aspects of my life.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? Why?
One super power I would love to have is to be able to time-travel. Everyone always talks about how different life used to be, so I think it’d be cool to be able to experience it and I would love to be able to see into the future.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
Everyone in my life has had a huge impact on me as a person and a player and is worth thanking. Specifically, I would like to thank all of my coaches I’ve had through the years in all my sports. I would like to thank all of the teammates I’ve ever had who have been so supportive both on and off the field and made playing sports all this time so much fun. I want to thank my parents for showing me what it looks like to work hard and have drive in all aspects of life. I want to thank my brothers for making me tougher and stronger. And my friends who have made growing up in Mashpee so special and unforgettable. Lastly I want to thank my Papa for being my biggest fan and biggest role model my whole life.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of visiting? Why?
The most interesting place I’ve ever visited would have to be Turks and Caicos. I’ve always dreamed of visiting Aruba. I love the beach and hot weather, so Aruba is perfect for me. My family also loves the beach, so I think it would be such a fun family trip someday.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference would have to be my confidence. My freshman self tended to second-guess myself while me as a senior now is much more confident in making decisions especially on the field. Advice I would give myself is to just go with your gut and trust yourself because you are capable of making good decisions that will benefit you and your team.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
My hidden talent is singing. I get too shy to do it in front of people but this is something that would surprise people to learn.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I’d want to switch places with Ariana Grande. I would just sing for the whole week and enjoy the life she lives. She is so confident and talented and is very successful, I think she’d be a cool person to switch places with.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
The perfect day would be sleeping in and going to breakfast with my family and getting an iced coffee at Starbucks and a strawberry frosted donut. Then going to the beach all day and swimming with my friends. We would stay until sunset and then leave and all have a fire at someone’s house. We would hang out and make s’mores and then have a sleepover and go night swimming.
What are your post high school plans?
I plan on attending a four-year university where I will major in nursing and play club soccer and lacrosse.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, when I’m 27 years old, I hope to be working in a hospital as a nurse-practitioner and living in my own house with my own pug and family. Ultimately, I see myself being really happy and content with my job, my family, my friends and my free time. I see myself getting involved in women’s soccer leagues in which I will make friends and have a place to have “me” time.