A new face emerges from a pride of veteran Lions

The unexpected happens every season, both good and bad. But for the Lady Lions soccer team, a new face has made good on her decision to play at Southeastern.
Coming all the way from Vancouver, Wash., freshman midfielder/forward Kayla Vera has proven to be a great addition for the Lady Lions. Bringing energy is her number one goal, giving her team the best chance to win.
“I’m just trying to give my 100 percent to the team,” said Vera. “Playing with intensity every single game, going as hard as possible and try to be that option for the team to finish and be successful.”
Vera is best described as a mobile winger, moving from outside to inside, pushing higher up the field or dropping back to receive the ball. Her quick feet help her get past defenders and hold onto the ball for her teammates to arrive. So far this season, Vera has scored three goals, nine shots on goal and is tied for the lead with four assists.
“I think I bring some speed and intensity, hopefully,” said Vera.
Other players have already noticed Vera and her abilities. Senior forward Maiya Cooper knew from the beginning that Vera would bring a sense of energy to the team and be an excellent person, both on and off the pitch.
“From day one we knew she was a go getter,” said Cooper. “We were so excited when she came and chose our school. She’s great on the field, off the field, all of the above.”
Looking forward, Vera hopes to play a larger role. With 11 seniors currently on the squad, the need for younger players to step up is becoming more of a reality. Vera is enthusiastic about leading the team while she is a Lady Lion.
“I really hope I can play a more leadership role,” said Vera and wants to “continue to play well throughout the next years of college.”
The transition from such a different environment like the northwestern part of the United States can be difficult. Vera acknowledges that difference, but doesn’t let it affect her play. She has started all eight games of the season.
“It’s so different,” said Vera. “The air is fresh over there [Washington], and you come here and it’s really humid.”
As the season progresses, look for players like Vera to rise to the occasion and play a significant role for the Lady Lions.