Clifford signs on with Stanislaus to continue her soccerBy: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
With one more season to go with Rocklin High, soccer forward Mikayla Clifford signed her national letter of intent last week to play for California State University Stanislaus.
The senior credits part of her opportunity to her skills as a team player having helped the Thunder to a 12-5-4 season last year and a Sierra Foothill League championship her sophomore year.
Clifford said her game is technically sound and she is able to use either foot when moving the ball. She credits her brother for getting her started in the sport, something she has been playing for over 10 years.
“He got me into soccer and made me really want to play,” Clifford said. “I kind of followed in his footsteps.”
Clifford said she began thinking about a scholarship in her mid-teens. She enjoyed the game to the point she didn’t want to give it up after high school.
“I never thought about a scholarship until I was 15 or 16,” said Clifford. “Then, I realized I can actually play longer in college and I really worked hard for that, extra hard.”
Clifford said she liked the team-family atmosphere at Stanislaus and looks forward to the experience. However, she acknowledges that playing on scholarship at the college level is going to take a big commitment and figures she’ll be on the field at least six days a week.
Clifford plans to study nursing and would one day like to become a registered nurse.
“I want to become an RN,” Clifford said. “My family, they’re all in the medical field mostly. I’m excited.”
Clifford is the daughter of Jeff and Sonja Clifford of Rocklin