Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Soccer: Nurnberger Upholds Family Tradition for Washington before Heading to Mizzou

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Girls Soccer: Nurnberger Upholds Family Tradition for Washington before Heading to Mizzou

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Soccer always has been a family affair for Washington senior Cassidy Nurnberger.

From the time she was starting to walk, Cassidy said she remembers following in the footsteps of her older sisters, Kayla and Halee, when it came to the sport.

"Both my older sisters always played soccer. So I always had to tag along to their games," Nurnberger said. "As soon as I could kick a ball, I started playing and I would play up with my sister's teams. They pushed me extremely hard to always try to be the best I could be, at home, outside, anywhere. Watching them play at the high school and then playing with one of my sisters in high school was amazing. I wish I could have that back."

Now, Cassidy is blazing a trail of her own.

While both her older sisters played soccer at Quincy University - Halee completed her junior season in the fall- Cassidy is blazing her own trail to play for the University of Missouri.

"My parents always taught us that hard work pays off," Nurnberger said. "I never expected the fame or the accolades. I always work hard because the game is what matters to me the most. My team and my coaches matter. I work hard for them and it pays off. I really value putting in that work and it's great that Mizzou noticed it."

That work hasn't gone unnoticed by new Blue Jays coach Adam Fischer.

Nurnberger tallied both goals in Washington's season-opening 2-0 win March 17 against Mehlville.

"Cassidy has such a high IQ for the game and you can see that out on the field," Fischer said. "You're not going to get a lot of yelling and screaming out of her. What you will get is her working hard and she does a lot to help others on the team succeed and to know the game. She's not the most vocal, but when you do what she does to help the team, she doesn't have to be."

Cassidy is carrying on a family tradition with the Blue Jays.

Kayla, a 2011 graduate, holds the school record with 67 goals, and 2014 graduate Halee scored 55 goals for the Blue Jays. …

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