Zionsville has produced three professional soccer players who were recruited to play for the North American Soccer League's newest team -- and Indiana's only professional soccer team -- Indy Eleven. How cool is that?
Goalkeeper Nathan Sprenkel and midfielders AJ Corrado and Dylan Mares are doing Zionsville proud. How many other towns of Zionsville's size, especially in Indiana, can say they have three current professional soccer players?
I've had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan for B Magazine. (AJ and Dylan hadn't been picked up yet at that point.) Nathan strikes me as a motivated, intelligent, responsible young man, and his passion for soccer is contagious. I was so excited about Indy Eleven after talking to him that I requested press passes for the inaugural game April 12.
Having never been a soccer mom, it was my first-ever soccer game, and it did not disappoint. Though it ended in a 1-1 draw, it was a fun experience, and I hope to attend more of the team's matches. First, though, I need to learn how the game is played so I understand more of what's happening.
It was enjoyable despite my soccer ignorance because I actually know a player and because of the enthusiastic crowd. I recommend Zionsville residents consider attending an Indy Eleven game. It's an entertaining way to spend an evening and support not only local athletes but Indiana's newest professional sports team.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.