Orange Lutheran senior Chloe Ling followed her older brother onto the soccer field when she was just a toddler, and by the time she was old enough, she jumped at the chance to play on a team. Having also tried softball, it is the constant movement and energy associated with playing soccer that has kept her on the pitch.
“I like the team aspect of it, and I like how fast-paced it is,” says Ling. “With soccer, there is never a dull moment.”
As a center back for the Lancers, Ling prefers to see the whole field and watch the plays develop as she prepares to defend. Like many athletes who play for both their high school and club teams, navigating the Covid-19 pandemic shut down last spring had its challenges.
“During the shutdown, there was always a hope that we were going to play,” says the 18-year old. “But when everything kept getting cancelled and pushed back…I wasn’t as focused and engaged on my training as I should have been. I stayed in shape, and as things opened up again, I became more serious about my training.”
After a rocky start to her senior season, Ling and her teammates are figuring out their chemistry and have already checked off one of their goals – win a Trinity League game – which the Lancers did on April 13 when they beat Rosary 2-0. Ling is a significant contributor to the team culture both on and off the field.
"Chloe is an incredibly consistent and tenacious player on the field,” says OLu girls soccer head coach, Sarah Klinkenberg. “She leads by example in what she does and how she carries herself on the field. She has an unbelievable work rate on and off the pitch. Chloe has been able to balance her rigorous academic load, as well as her performance on the field, by maintaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA, and she leads her team with the love of Christ, willingly putting the needs of the team before herself."
Outside of soccer, Ling enjoys baking, serves as an Ignite Mentor and loves to volunteer at Priceless Pets, a no-kill rescue in Costa Mesa where she helps feed and walk the dogs that are waiting for forever homes.
Ling has yet to finalize her next steps after graduation, but she may pursue playing club or intramural soccer in college. Having dealt with injuries and many other obstacles over her playing years, she is grateful for all that soccer has brought to her life. Her parents’ support, combined with her journey of faith, have allowed her to draw the most out of her student athlete experience.
“I think soccer has taught me a lot about perseverance, responsibility, working with others – especially those who you may not agree with – teamwork, camaraderie,” says Ling. “At the end of the day, you have to push through together to achieve a common goal.”