Lead South Jersey Sports Digest Content Editor Mike Shute authored a wonderful profile of MFS soccer standout Vanessa Kara…
Foxes senior overcame two knee injuries, missed two high school seasons and battled through 15 months of recovery to earn a scholarship to continue her soccer career at Drexel University
You just have to believe that as the ink flowed from pen to paper last Wednesday (Feb, 4), National Signing Day, that it just meant a little bit more to Vanessa Kara.
After missing two of her four high school seasons and about 15 months of actual soccer play with two separate anterior cruciate ligament tears — one in each of her knees — there was a time when the Moorestown Friends School senior doubted this day would ever come.
“Right after I received my MRI results confirming my second ACL tear,” Kara explained, “I began to question if I was going to be able to achieve my dream of playing D-1 soccer. I had to wait three weeks before the surgery. During those weeks, I was very negative. I thought about the road ahead of me and did not know if going through the recovery was going to be worth it.”
But during a special ceremony held in front of her family, coaches, teammates and friends in the D’Olier Room of the Meeting House on the Moorestown Friends School campus, Kara was all smiles as she signed her National Letter of Intent to continue playing soccer and pursue her collegiate studies in engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Now she knows her efforts were worth it.