Posted on Friday, December 18, 2020
One on One with Nora Henderson: 2020 United Soccer Coaches All America Honoree
FRANKLIN, TN - For the third year in a row and five of the last six years, Tennessee Soccer Club has had a player named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC; formerly National Soccer Coaches Association of America) High School All-America team.
Nora Henderson, who plays on the 2002/03 ECNL Composite team, was named to the 2020 USC All-American Team after a stellar senior season at Ravenwood High School (Brentwood, TN). She follows in the footsteps of former TSC players Anna Haddock (2018 and 2019 All-America honoree, currently a Fr. for Auburn Women's Soccer) and Karlie Paschall (2015 and 2016 honoree, currently a Jr. for Duke Women's Soccer) who were also named to the USC All-America teams during their TSC careers. Henderson helped Ravenwood to its second consecutive state championship title this season, chipping in with 11 goals and 8 assists from her center midfield position.
We spent time with Nora to discuss this fall high school season and more.
Tennessee Soccer Club (TSC): Nora, congrats on a great high school season - and of course for the post season recognition! How did you feel learning that you were named to the 2020 All-America team?
Nora Henderson (NH): Thank you! The recognition is still sinking in a little bit, to be honest. This high school season was so much fun, so it is definitely special.
TSC: This was obviously a unique fall season for everyone. How were you and your Ravenwood teammates able to meet some of those challenges and take them head on?
NH: Our team chemistry really was amazing. We came into the season knowing that it would be different. For example we didn't really play any pre-season games, and we played five or six less regular season games than we typically do in a season. We had a really positive mindset from the very beginning of the season and took each game one at a time. We really worked hard for each other throughout the year and that showed in our results on the field.
TSC: What is one of the biggest takeaways from the season for you that you'll be able to apply moving forward?
NH: I learned a lot about being a good teammate and how if everyone is on the same page a team can accomplish so much. After winning the state championship in 2019, we all knew we wanted to win again in 2020 - but we knew it would be really hard. The different circumstances that we faced really brought us together throughout the year. I think we got better and better as the season progressed and a lot of that had to do with how connected we were from the start.
TSC: It is such a great honor to be named to an All-American team roster! With all individual sports accolades there are people who helped along the way. Who's on that list for you?
NH: Oh definitely! I have had great coaches at TSC for over 10 years, three different high school coaches, and tons of individual training with several coaches and trainers. Competing in practice sessions against the really good players has made me better and playing against great competition in really tough games has helped me improve. Of course, my parents have also been super supportive. I’m so thankful for all of them!
TSC: How has your TSC experience helped your high school career, and vice versa?
NH: Both experiences have had such an impact on me as a player. Like I mentioned before, I've been able to take so many things from the various coaches and teammates from high school and club. The club experience built me as a player since I was 7 years old. Without that, I would not even make my high school team. Ravenwood plays in a super competitive district with schools like Brentwood and Franklin. The competition is intense. It is really fun playing in front of big crowds and getting the support from our student body. Both the TSC experience and high school experience have made me into the player that I am today.
TSC: After high school and TSC we know you are headed to Indiana State and will join their Women's Soccer program. What are you most excited about as you enter that phase of life as a student athlete?
NH: I'm really excited to go to a new environment and grow even more as a player and as a young adult. My family is such a big part of my life both in and outside of soccer, so it is a little scary - but also so exciting! It is comforting knowing that I will start life as a college student with a group of teammates who will be alongside me from the start.
TSC: We know you'll be great! Congrats again on another state championship season and the post season awards as well. Good luck to you and your TSC teammates this spring!
NH: Thank you!
Congratulations again to all of our TSC players and coach who received post-season recognition from the Fall 2020 high school season. To read more on this please click here.
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Tennessee Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club of the Greater Nashville, TN area with over 3,500 players participating in recreational, competitive or supplemental soccer programs across three locations; TSC Murfreesboro, TSC Nashville and TSC Williamson. The club competes locally, regionally, and nationally in leagues such as the Tennessee Youth Soccer League, US Club Soccer National Premier League, USYSA’s National League and Southern Region Premier League, and the Elite Clubs National League. TSC has won multiple state and national championships in recent years through competition in these leagues. TSC's Mission is "to promote a love for soccer by developing excellence in the game for our players and coaches to positively impact our member families and communities.”