Kate Raszka is one of the top soccer players in Vermont. That’s how Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head girls soccer coach Brad Parker begins to describe his talented center midfielder, “Kate is a joy to coach,” he said. “She is passionate about soccer and the team success both on and off the field. No one works harder than her which is a blessing when combined with her amazing skill level.”
Born on May 23, 1995 in El Paso, Texas, Raszka and her family first moved to South Burlington before relocating to Charlotte when she was a toddler. The youngest and only daughter, Raszka’s family includes parents Rosemary and Bill, older brothers, Peter, age 22, Will, age 21, Sam, age 19, a dog named Emma, a cat named Ingrid, some sheep and chickens.
Her first organized soccer experience was easy to recall. “I played rec soccer for the first time at the Charlotte Central School. I was either five or six years old,” she recounts. “I started playing soccer because all my brothers played and we often played as a family in the backyard.” Her passion for the sport grew and she began playing year-round for the Far Post Soccer Club at the age of nine. “I have played a lot of soccer,” she shared. Her dedication to the sport is now paying off for CVU.
A varsity player since her sophomore year, “Kate was an obvious choice for a captains’ role this year,” said coach Parker. “She has led by example and shown younger players what it takes to be one of the top players in the state. She is fun to be around and invaluable with team chemistry. Kate will be a tough one to replace.”
In answer to a question Raszka reminisces about her proudest moment. “I had an assist during a game against Milton my sophomore year. It was my first year on the team and I didn’t really know how I was going to do,” she explained. That assist gave her confidence which is something she should be proud of.
“One of my strengths as captain is that I keep the energy level on the team up,” Raszka commented. “I also talk a lot on the field because we’ve got a young team and communication is important.” That mixture of communication, talent, and skill is obviously working for CVU. With only three games to go before playoffs the Redhawks’ record stands at 9-1-1.
Soccer is also one way Raszka gives back to the community. She is involved in The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPSoccer) which is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability. “I’ve only been able to participate in two clinics so far. But it’s a lot of fun,” she said.
Raszka, who is also a varsity lacrosse player and Nordic skier, is interested in playing soccer at the next level. “I’m applying early decision to Middlebury College,” she informed. “I am thinking about studying either political science or international relations. And I’m hoping to play soccer there,” she added. If past experience is any indicator of future performance, Raszka with her unique combination of talents, will remain a top player in the Green Mountain State.