Photo: Tom Forrest
When Sacha Ogilvie started playing football in year two at Albany’s Yakamia Primary School, she did not imagine that the sport would one day take her half way around the world to Louisiana, USA.
19-year-old Sacha has been offered a place at Louisiana College as goalkeeper through the National Scouting Report (NSR) program and will begin in August this year.
The NSR is a program that gives young talented athletes the opportunity to advance their careers and education at American universities. Around 1,300 students nationwide were offered a place in the program this year.
Sacha’s football journey has not been a smooth one. Growing up, she attended a number of primary and high schools across the state, including Albany, Perth, Halls Creek, Broome and Kununurra, where she currently resides.
Throughout her school years, Sacha made football a priority. While living in Perth she played for East Fremantle Tricolore Ladies’ team and John Curtin College’s team. While living in Halls Creek she attended school in Broome so she could continue playing football. At other schools, when there were no football activities available, Sacha maintained her fitness with other sports including netball and touch rugby.
Two years ago Sacha suffered a stress tear in her knee and thought her time on the pitch was over.
“I fell into a rut. I didn’t think I could ever play like I had played before,” Sacha said.
“But my little brother pushed me to get back into it. I’m so glad I have.”
Soon after suffering her injury, Sacha received an opportunity from a US college through the NSR program, but she could not accept the offer. Now, after surgery and months of rehabilitation, Sacha is ready to continue her football career.
“I really want to turn my life around, to go further with my soccer,” Sacha said. “This is my big opportunity.”
Sacha will return to Perth from Kununurra this month to receive technical coaching and match practice before her trip to the States.