Girls Soccer: Captain Kyleigh Maday at core for Providence
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 21, 2014 9:16PM
Kyleigh Maday for Providence Soccer for Spring Photo Day at Andrew High School, Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 in Tinley Park | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 23, 2014 6:26AM
A varsity star since her freshman year, Providence senior Kyleigh Maday has a hard time believing it’s already her final season with the Celtics.
“It flew by,” she said. “We have high hopes for this season. I definitely want to have a good year my senior season.”
Maday, a midfielder who’s signed with UIC, will be a big reason for any success the Celtics have.
She entered the season with 26 career goals and 16 career assists, including 11 goals and three assists in 2013.
“She will be the core of our team this season,” Providence coach Dan Potempa said. “She’s so dangerous every time she touches the ball.”
Maday draws a lot of attention from opposing defenses. Double-teams are common. That doesn’t bother her, though.
“Every game’s different,” she said. “Each coach has a different strategy against different teams. I don’t notice it too much or worry about it.”
Maday was a SouthtownStar All-Area selection in her sophomore season and an IHSSCA All-Sectional pick a year ago.
She’s been playing soccer competitively for about a decade.
“I got into it seriously when I was about 8 years old,” she said. “My sister started playing first and then my parents got me into a youth league. I’ve played ever since.
“I just like playing on a team. You have to rely on other people and they have to rely on you. I love that team aspect.”
Maday also enjoys being a leader, a role she’s quite familiar with by now.
“I’ve been captain since sophomore year,” she said. “So I’ve had a leadership role since then. As captain and a senior, I like to lead by example. If people are slacking, we encourage them. We show them how to do something if they don’t know how to do it.”
Maday is looking forward to taking the next step to collegiate ball with the Flames.
“I’m really excited about it,” she said. “I’ve always wanted to play in college. It’s a relief to know where I’m going and have it out of the way and not have to worry my senior year about all the college struggles and stuff.”
First, she wants to finish strong with the Celtics.
With a 6-4-2 record entering Monday, Providence is poised to greatly improve on its 2013 campaign, when the team finished 8-12-1.
“We want to be really competitive in (the East Suburban Catholic) this season,” Maday said. “It’s a hard conference. We want to do well in our Springfield Tournament (coming up over the weekend). Then we really want to get far in postseason play. I definitely think we can have a good season.”