“It was the typical ‘pop,’ totally non-contact, just cutting type of thing,” Lawson said. “So I felt it before I knew for sure that I had torn it.”
Just like that, her senior season at Hockinson was lost. And the injury also ended her days of playing competitive soccer that started when she was five.
“My goal has always been to play in college,” Lawson said. “And I was talking with schools, and this past summer was going to be a big summer for me. I was hoping to commit somewhere so I could sign in the fall. Then after tearing my ACL again, it kind of just put things in perspective. It’s a nine-month recovery, so I would not get to actually play again until May of next year. And it was kind of at the point where I knew that I might not be able to get to a type of college that I would want to for my academics. I realized that academics are more important, and I wanted to go to school where I could study what I wanted to study, and not just for soccer.”
A 4.0 student at Hockinson, Lawson wants to study pre-med in college, preferably at the University of Washington, with the goal of becoming a doctor.
“So it worked out in a weird way,” she said. “Obviously, my whole life I’ve played soccer and I was looking to play at college. But you’ve just got to adapt and change. Things happen.”
Lawson said that is exactly what her Hockinson teammates have done on the pitch this fall.
“They’ve definitely done a great job of adapting to all the different things that have come their way,” Lawson said. “A lot of people have known that they need to step up this year. They have and it’s showing now they’re in the final four. Pretty crazy.”
What has impressed Lawson the most about the Hawks have been their grit and tenacity when facing adversity. And she credits that to the leadership of two seniors, goalkeeper Amanda Jeschke and midfielder Ellie Ritter.
“Amanda Jeschke was our captain this year, and she broke her pinkie,” Lawson said. “She’s done a lot and she’s still been there for the team. But Ellie has really had to step up on the field and get her teammates together, especially in the last few games, and really push everyone.”
These days, Lawson is working on pushing herself in more ways than one.
Three months into her rehab from surgery in August, she has worked her way up to running for about 10 minutes at a time. And she still enjoys going to the gym to workout doing whatever her knee allows.