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ODP Profile: Cassandra Mae Ferguson

Through this profile series, we look to learn more about New Jersey ODP players and some of the elements they find most important as students, athletes and teammates. Next up is Cassandra Mae Ferguson, who is a 14-year-old midfielder/forward.

Player Name: Cassandra Mae Ferguson

Age: 14 years old

Hometown: Neptune, New Jersey

Club: Wall Soccer Club

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Favorite Player: Carli Lloyd

Favorite Team: U.S. Women's Soccer

Favorite ODP Moment: My favorite moments are representing New Jersey as an ODP player during the Virginia Friendlies Tournament and creating new friendships with my teammates.

Favorite Movie: Bend It Like Beckham

Favorite Food: Pizza and Buffalo Wings

Soccer Goals/Aspirations: Soccer is my passion. Setting soccer goals are really important. There is a saying, "Life is not about finding yourself, it's about creating yourself." I work hard, play hard and give 100 percent effort during practices and games so that I can achieve my dream of becoming a professional soccer player someday and being an inspirations to others like Carli Lloyd. My long term goal is to be like Carli Lloyd. How Carli Lloyd becomes the GOAT will be my short term goal. I am very fortunate to be one of the Olympic Development Program players in New Jersey. Being part of ODP is one of my aspirations. I will utilize some of the keynotes I learned from the Mental Toughness Seminar given by Mr. James Galanis and will use them as my guide to achieve my goals. I truly love playing soccer, and I enjoy every second and every minute of it. And hopefully one day, I will be playing for the U.S. Women's Soccer.

Strengths: I am a team player with flexibility of playing any position and I accept any criticism from my coaches to improve my skills as a soccer player. I have the ability to be a leader and I always have a positive attitude towards other people. I am always fearless and mentally prepared for anything, determined, consistent, outgoing, friendly, coachable and respectful.