Rebecca Gleason’s last season at NSU
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Rebecca Gleason’s last season at NSU

4/20/18

Jalen Porter

TNE Writer

Rebecca Gleason, Lucas Texas senior, has played soccer for NSU since 2015. However, this season is Gleason’s last season at NSU. Although Gleason has been through adversity, she overcame it by meeting new people and staying strong.

Gleason attended Lovejoy High School and graduated in 2014. Gleason had many accomplishments as an athlete in high school. She was selected to the All –District 21-4A First Team in 2011, 2012 and 2013.  She also competed as a cross country runner and was a part of two Lovejoy state titles in 2010 and 2011. She placed in the top 10 at the state meet.

After high school, Gleason attended University of North Texas in 2014. During her only season, she played in 10 matches as a member of the Mean Green. North Texas finished the campaign with 16 wins and set the single- season record with 14 shutouts. They also won their ninth conference championship by winning the regular-season title. However, Gleason was not happy at North Texas, due to issues between her, the team, and the coach.

“North Texas wasn't a good idea for me,” said Gleason. “Because instead of coaching, all what was really happening was a coach that just managed the talent that came to him from all around Dallas. It didn't feel like a team and the coaches didn't care about you or what was going on in your life.”

Her sister, Rachel, also played for NSU from 2012 to 2016. After telling her sister about what happened at North Texas, she reached out to coach Chase Wooten at NSU, who then gave her a scholarship. After being at North Texas, Gleason nearly gave up on soccer, but joining NSU made her excited to play again. She committed to NSU and began attending NSU in the spring of 2015. The seniors on the soccer team made sure that Gleason presence was known and encouraged her throughout her first year.

“I enjoyed playing soccer with Rebecca,” said Megan Smith Flower Mound Texas junior. “She is such an encouraging person to be around. Se is a leader on and off the field.”

Her sophomore year, she competed in 21 matches and made 20 starts in her first season with the RiverHawks, where she was named to the All-MIAA third ream. Gleason recorded a season-high 110 minutes against Central Oklahoma while playing at least 90 minutes in 18 matches. She recorded 1,834 minutes, which was the second most on the team.

During her junior year, Gleason was named First Team All-Region by the NSCAA. She played in 19 matches and started 18, while playing 1,646 minutes on the field, which was also the second most on the RiverHawk squad. Gleason also made accomplishments off the field. She was named to the deans Honor Roll and a scholar athlete.

“I have always looked up to Rebecca as both a person and a player,” said Kasee Horton, Golden Colorado sophomore. “She is the most energetic and loving person you’ll ever meet. I know that Rebecca will always have my back and be there if I ever need her. She’s a huge inspiration and an amazing leader.”

Gleason is studying medical laboratory science with a double minor in biology and chemistry. She is an honors program member, and she volunteers at Habitat for Humanity and Humane Society of Cherokee County. Next year, Gleason will be interning in Tulsa to finish her degree, where she plans to get her masters in environmental science.


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