Danielle Carter Delivers in Clutch for Calvin Women’s Soccer Team
Sunday, June 02, 2013
By Troy Ellens ‘15
With 12 incoming freshmen and a pre-season ranking of fifth in the MIAA, the Calvin women’s soccer team did not know what was in store for their 2012 season. It took experienced veterans such as Danielle Carter to help direct the way.
Carter, a junior from DeWitt, Mich., has been playing soccer since she was four years old. She was looking for a Division III college that was excellent academically and where she could play soccer.
Carter has started all 60 regular season games since coming to Calvin, which gave her the tools to be a leader on the team this year. As a captain on the team, she was the liaison between the players and the coaches. She also served as an encourager and mentor to the other young players on the team.
On being a captain Carter said, “I like being able to encourage people and be in that motivator role.”
Aided by some of those talented newcomers, the Knights stunned the MIAA conference by going from a fourth-place finish in 2011 to first this year.
Carter led by example, too, at the center midfielder position. She scored eight goals this season to go along with four assists to help lead the Knights to that MIAA championship and an NCAA III playoff berth, which the Knights earned in a 2-1 overtime victory over Hope in the MIAA tournament final.
Carter scored the winning goal in the game with just one second remaining in overtime; she also had the assist earlier to tie the game.
Her tenacity and hustle on the field were big reasons why the Knights were able to achieve their success. For her efforts, Carter was selected to the All-MIAA first team.
When asked about who makes the biggest impact in her life Carter responded by saying her parents. They live an hour away from Calvin and make an effort to support her at every game.
“My parents are always there to support and encourage me to do the best that I can and achieve my goals,” she said.
Off the field, Carter is a kinesiology major with a pre-professional emphasis at Calvin. A regular member of the Dean’s List, she plans on attending school to become a physician’s assistant after she graduates.
Currently, she works in the fitness center at the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex. She also works for a Calvin program called Healthy Habits, which is Calvin’s corporate wellness program. She helps design challenges and comes up with programs to challenge faculty and staff.