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Star of Tomorrow: Pahrump Valley's Sydney Sladek

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PAHRUMP, Nev. – The girls soccer team at Pahrump Valley High School is kind of a big deal in its hometown.

"The town respects us, the school respects us, so we're definitely people that you've heard of," senior Sydney Sladek said.

For good reason, because the undefeated Lady Trojans have won back-to-back state titles, led by this week's Star of Tomorrow, Sladek.  

Sladek has been a goal-scoring machine in her four years in Pahrump.  Last year as a junior, she once scored 9 goals in a game, and finished the year with 78 goals in only 23 games, a new single-season, and Nevada high school record.

That caught the attention of Sports Illustrated, which featured her in its Faces in the Crowd section of the magazine last January. 

This year, she's picked up right where she left off, already with 50 goals through 13 games, despite being the primary focus of the opposition.

"Most teams have two or three girls on her when she touches the ball," said her father Joe, who also serves as her club and assistant high school coach.  "She's still able to fight her way though." 

She's also a great passer, as her 27 assists last year were the 2nd most-ever in the Division 1A classification, and earlier this month, she broke the 13-year-old Nevada high school record for career goals, when she notched her 155th career tally against Clark High School.  She's since added 27 more goals, but prefers to focus on her team, rather than individual accomplishments.

"I like it more when my team is the star, not just myself" Sladek said.

 "It's not just her record.  It's the team's record.  They've been playing together for close to 10 years," her father added. 

Sydney is also a great student, carrying a 4.0 GPA.  She'll be taking her talents to USC next year, as she's already committed to play for the Trojans.

"My ultimate goal would definitely be to succeed in college," summed up Sladek.  "I'm always thinking about it, and wanting to work hard for that, because I owe it to everyone that's been there for me." 

 

 

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