One of the most talented and highly-decorated high school athletes in the state may walk away from the game she loves.
Zoe Trouve has dealt with heartbreaking injuries, but a Sporting Kansas City staffer is showing her how she can still dedicate her life to soccer without taking the field.
The recent Notre Dame de Sion graduate suffered two serious knee injuries during high school. The latest injury came during the state semi-final.
"It was more disappointing than anything. I heard it pop, and I knew," Trouve said.
The injury knocked the two-time state defender of the year out of the championship match, which the Storm lost.
"I was a mess, definitely that night and the day of the finals. I pulled it together for the finals and afterward, I was just really sad," she said.
So she's walking - limping actually - away from the sports she loves to focus on college at Georgetown University.
"There's no reason to give up on what your dream has been," said Molly Dreska, Sporting KC's communications and digital manager.
Dreska knows what Trouve is going through. She starred at Maryland despite suffering two serious knee injuries.
"If i was still in school, I couldn't imagine not coming back from the ACL tears that I had in high school and college," Dreska said.
Dreska's heart goes out to Trouve and young women like her.
"To have now gone through two major surgeries when she's not even in college yet. It breaks your heart," she said.
So how is Trouve ever going to replace the fun and excitement of the game? Perhaps with a different role in soccer.
"My dream job would be to manage an international soccer team," she said.
Trouve will head off to college next year, not knowing if she'll ever play competitive soccer again. She ended her high school career with a pair of Missouri Class 3 state championships.
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