Sam Kersey makes it look easy, and if you know anything about sports, then you know that scoring goals is anything but easy.
Well, unless you’re Sam Kersey; then it would appear that it actually is. The senior missed more than half of her senior season with a leg injury, yet still led her team in goal-scoring by quite a bit. After missing over a month, she came back against Falmouth and scored five times.
In one game.
She followed that up by scoring two in each of her next two games. The fact that the daughter of Jesse and Jen Kersey did not get to play her entire senior year is a travesty. The Falcons’ all-time leading goal scorer, who did not play last year during the COVID-19 season, could have led the entire state in goals with enough games. That is not hyperbole; it’s just fact.
When she’s not making goaltenders question their life decisions, Sam is a solid student who enjoys both history and math classes. Her car is most-prized possession, and she said that her go-to favorite meal is Buffalo chicken dip. “Bachelor In Paradise” is her favorite TV show and “50 First Dates” is her favorite movie. Florida Georgia Line is her favorite recording artist.
How did you get involved with soccer? How much do you enjoy it? What is your role on the team?
I have been playing soccer since I was in kindergarten doing rec for Mashpee. I then wanted to play more competitively and decided to start club soccer in 3rd grade, and have been playing competitively ever since. I love soccer and it has played a huge role in who I am today. I see myself having a large role on my team. I am a goal scorer, play-maker, and I see myself as a vocal leader.
You missed the majority of your senior season with a leg injury. How tough was it to sit on the sidelines during that time, and how great did it feel to return to the lineup? What did you miss most?
It was really tough. I tried my best to stay involved with the team and help them, but I could only do so much from the sidelines. I made sure to always be standing and cheering the entirety of games. I would speak at halftime in an attempt to bring the perspective of an outsider looking in, but it wasn’t the same. I was beyond excited to be back and my first game back being my Senior Night was so special. What I missed most was being able to have a large impact in the games.
How do you think your game as a soccer player has evolved over the years?
I would say I have become a much more confident player over the years. I used to only use my speed as a way to get around defenders, but I have become more skillful over the years and am more of an attacking threat beyond my speed.
Every sport requires a certain set of skills that the layman may not know about. What is something about soccer that is difficult to do that most people would not think about?
I would say the most difficult thing about soccer that people may not think about is the fitness required. In soccer, we must be running straight for 90 minutes. However, we are constantly accelerating and decelerating, cutting and turning, so it is more than simply running straight for a period of time.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
A scouting report would probably say that I have speed and use it. It would say I like to go against defenders, and I try to make the right passes and overall decisions. It would also probably say that I am vocal on the field.
Of all the games that you have ever played in is there one that stands out as the best? Why?
One game that I would say stands out the most out of all the games I’ve played is my Senior Night game this year against Falmouth. This was one of the most special nights, and it’s one I will remember for the rest of my life. It was my first game back after an injury that took me out for the majority of my senior season. We beat Falmouth 10-3, and I had five of those goals and three of those assists. Beyond the game itself, so many of my friends came to support [us], and my team made it the best night possible and made us seniors feel so appreciated.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
I would say one of my highlights of my athletic career would be my sophomore year state quarterfinal game versus Holbrook High School. They were the No. 2 seed in our tournament and we were much lower-seeded. I played one of the best games I’ve ever had, and we won 5-1. I scored three goals that game. It was a really special moment because it was an away game, but a lot of people still came to the game from Mashpee that we outnumbered the Holbrook fans. This would be considered one of my highlights, because I helped lead my team to the semifinals that year, which is the furthest our program has ever reached in the state tournament.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I’ve ever played with is my best friend Callia Eaton. She is my other half, both on and off the field, and we seem to always make the perfect passes to each other. Most of my goals come from her and vice versa. We have been playing together since we were really young, and there’s no one else I’d want to go through this journey with.
Is there a coach or mentor who has made a difference in your growth as a player, or as a person? What did they do to help you along the way?
I’ve had a lot of coaches that have made a difference in my growth as a player. One coach would be Rob Jones, who was my club coach for about four years. He is a major reason I am the player I am today. At my new club, all of my coaches have helped me a great deal as well, Coach Dri is one who has made a huge impact. My trainer, Doc, has also had a huge influence on me and my training, as well as Bob Brewster, my physical therapist, who has helped me recover from my torn meniscus injury and my cracked shin that I suffered this year. My high school coaches, Coach Morano and McCuish, have also done so much for me.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
My pre-game playlist is always the same, I always have to wear pre-wrap, and my hair has to be in nothing else other than a ponytail with two black hair elastics.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
The most important thing I have learned from playing sports is that your team becomes family. I have made some of my best friends through playing sports because I believe the bond you make with a teammate is unlike any other. I also have learned a lot about leadership, and about making yourself comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I’ve learned how to make friends fast because of changing teams, and going on trips for soccer with strangers; this has helped me in everyday life with making connections.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Why?
If I could have one superpower, it would be teleportation. This is because I love traveling, and am really passionate about it, but I hate the process of traveling. I dislike airports and long car rides—unless it’s road trips. If I was able to just snap my fingers and be somewhere in the world, that would be the coolest superpower to have.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my coaches, family, and friends who helped me reach my dreams and always supported me no matter what. Specifically, my mom and dad. My mom has been there for everything and she does everything for me, and for that I will be forever grateful. She drove me everywhere, and put so much of her time into my career. My dad has also been this person for me, and they are both my best friends. Also I would like to thank my little brothers because they’ve had such an amazing impact on my life and are the best things to ever happen to me, and my stepmom for being a best friend and bringing my brothers into my life.
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?
I would say the biggest difference between me as a freshman and me now is my work ethic. I didn’t not work hard when I was younger, but I work way harder now than before. I do lots more outside of my club and high school teams, I work out more, I stay after practices more often, and I constantly work on improving my fitness, which I never did as a freshman.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
Something about me that not a lot of people know is that I am a co-founder of a nonprofit organization called Filter Fresh. The Filter Fresh Program helps raise money toward the purchasing of water filters for the slums of Nagpur, India, that don’t have access to clean water. We have raised over $3,000 toward this cause and our first batch of filters will be distributed soon in India; we will be helping 50 households to start.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
If I could switch places with one person for a week, I would choose to switch places with Taylor Swift. I have loved her since I was little and think it would be really cool to see how she lives. She also has been kind of secretive these past few years with her life, and I’d be interested to see what she does every day.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
My perfect day would be waking up for an early soccer game where a lot of my friends would come and watch me play. I then would go out to brunch with my mom, then go to the beach with all of my friends. We would stay all day, then would go back to my dad’s house and have a fire back with my little brothers there, too.
What are your post high school plans?
I will be playing Division I soccer at Fairfield University while pursuing a degree in International Business on the Pre-Law track.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be doing one of two things. I hope to be freshly out of law school and working at a successful law firm as a new lawyer. Or, I hope to be traveling the world for a job in international business. I hope to have a home, and maybe some pets.