By Lauren Ely | firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Dyann Busse
With a casual attitude and a smile on her face, Lindsay Zullo doesn’t look like the competitive, stand out athlete she has been for the Flagler College women’s soccer team.
Zullo, a junior from Hudson, Fla., began playing soccer at the age of four.
“It [soccer] was my favorite when I was a kid,” Zullo said. “I played basketball for a while, but I was kind of too short. I didn’t really make it.”
Sixteen years of experience has earned her the honor of being selected to the Peach Belt Conference’s Women’s Soccer Preseason All-Conference Team.
Last year, Zullo was voted Second Team All-Conference by Peach Belt Conference coaches after scoring five goals. She also started in all 17 matches for Flagler. She ranked fifth in the conference in shots per match (3.29) and seventh in shots (56).
Currently, she is ranked third in the conference in shots (66).
Assistant Coach Breanne Mooi invited Zullo to visit Flagler after seeing her play at a tournament.
“I was looking at a couple other schools, but none of them were nice like Flagler,” Zullo said. “This [Flagler] was like the total fit.”
This year Zullo has stood out among the Saints with her game-winning goal against conference opponent, Montevallo. She is second in goals (6) behind fellow forward, Loren Cate (9). As well as being selected as the Peach Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 25, Flagler College named her Student-Athlete of the Month for the month of September.
Head Coach Teddy Meyer said Zullo is an all-around, complete player.
“Probably one of the better players to ever play at Flagler,” Meyer said. “She leads by example. She’s not flashy, doesn’t throw her personality all over the locker room. She leaves it all out on the field and dies to play the game.”
Zullo’s competitive nature has contributed to her being named one of the captains for the team. Meyer described her as possessing the intangibles that you can’t teach.
“I think the biggest testament for her is that teams literally try to mark her out of the game,” Meyer said. “That’s what tells you what kind of player she is.”
Zullo studies sport management at Flagler and would like to become a personal trainer or coach after collegiate soccer.
“I feel like that wouldn’t really be going to work,” Zullo said. “That would actually be something I enjoy.”