Riley Glasco

Riley Glasco is the captain of Cactus Shadows High School’s soccer team but cannot play due to a torn ACL, for which she will soon have surgery.

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actus Shadows senior Riley Glasco was looking to help her soccer team replicate or improve its record this season. 

She was promoted to captain, but it didn’t work out as planned. The senior will not compete in her last season, because she sustained an ACL injury a few weeks ago. She’ll still serve as captain.

“I was hoping to be captain and set my new record for scoring in a season,” Glasco said. “I wanted to score at least 10 goals. I wanted to make it to first team all-conference.”

The former co-captain, Glasco said her focus is to be a good leader and captain of the soccer team because she will be unable to compete with her teammates.

“I was excited to find out I was captain, since my freshman year it was hard to feel like I had a place,” Glasco said. “I was timid that year and broke out of my shell, getting comfortable with everyone. I wanted to make sure the next few years everyone was included and not feeling out of place.

“I worked toward it. I always wanted to have a voice on the team. I felt honored because I knew what I had been doing the last few years has been paying off. This year knowing that I will still be able to do it and to be looked at more of a leadership position rather than being someone on the team who leads by example is great.”

Leading her teammates isn’t anything new for Glasco. While playing for club teams when she was younger, she was the captain. Her mentality on the field is to be there for her teammates, even if she is having a bad game.

She takes a leadership position off the field, too. 

“I love working at Feed My Starving Children, Welcome to America, a lot of good organizations out there to help improve the community and other aspects,” Glasco said. 

She has also worked with the community through Ragnar Relay, and has been working with the National Charity League since she was in the sixth grade. She’s done about 25 hours of community service work this year.

Thanks to her leadership and community service skills, she was awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance Scholarship. She is one of 15 students in the state of Arizona to receive this scholarship.

“I was so excited. It was an awesome feeling knowing I was recognized. I love team sports, so being recognized what I do is huge for me,” Glasco said.

Glasco is unsure where she’ll play collegiate soccer. Right now she’s focused on Cactus Shadows’ team.

“This season I expect around the same results,” she said. “We did lose a few good seniors, but as always we are going to get a lot of good new players. We have a lot of upperclassmen who will play to our strength of experience.”