Madison Ricketts has benefited from being part of the Chattanooga Football Club women’s soccer team.
The CFC women have benefited from the 16-year-old’s presence as well.
The Chattanooga Patriots junior has had a successful first season on the Chattanooga FC club, which is 3-4 and plays at Memphis today at 2 p.m. EDT. Ricketts scored the goal in the 1-0 win at Alabama FC on June 11 — her first as a member of the club.
“She’s a very good player for her age,” CFC coach Drew Courtney said after Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Knoxville Force. “It’s really good for her to be out here with these older girls and see the game develop, but she benefits our team as well. She reads the game well, and she works very hard, which is a very positive thing for her game.”
Ricketts also plays for the Premier Soccer Academy’s Las Leonas, coached by former professional player and coach Pedro Kozak. She called her first season “a great experience.”
“It’s so different. It’s so much faster, quicker,” she said. “You have to communicate. In a way it’s easier playing with girls that know what to do, but it’s been a lot of fun.
“I love our teammates so much. They’ve been so encouraging, and that’s my favorite part of being on this team. That and glorifying God with the talent he gave me.”
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