This soccer season has been an eventful one, with many goals being set and records being broken. One, in particular, is Boonton’s very own Madison Kleinwaks. She surpassed the records of most goals made in a season, previously at 14. The season has not yet ended, but she has a whopping 27 goals made in the entirety of this time. She says that “accomplishing this milestone really made me feel like I was contributing to the team.”

Her excessive talent and skills helped her become a better player and improve physically as well as socially. Her journey through soccer was tough and frustrating at times, but it also gave her room to be free and relieve stress. Through playing, she was able to gain recognition for doing something she loves, which is one of the most euphoric feelings. Her journey to success was not easily achieved, however.

Upon asking her to describe her road to achievement, she elaborated, “When I was around 9 years old, I was first introduced to playing soccer for an actual team. I was so unsure of myself when joining my first rec team, but in the end, it made all the difference. After my first season, I tried out for a local travel team. I made the “B” team, and kept playing, improving game to game, practice to practice. I eventually moved up to the “A” team, and when this travel team disbanded, I joined my current academy team. It took a while to get to where I am today, but it was worth it.

Soccer is so important to me, and has been such a huge part of my life, that if I never started at age 9, I don’t know who I’d be today.”

Her daily life now revolves around soccer, and she has made a name for herself under it. She strives to accomplish more goals in the upcoming seasons. To everyone hesitant about playing a sport, she encourages the practice of trying something new. Even though she was once scared about the abnormalities of playing soccer, but through practice and time, she was able to find something she was passionate about. She says, “You never know your capabilities until you challenge yourself and try something new.”

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