Ponca City’s Shaila Klinger – Soccer Spotlight – Presented by Law Firm of Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle, & Wicker



Shaila Klinger recently graduated from Ponca City High School, where she enjoyed playing soccer for the Lady Cats all four years. When asked what she thought was the best part of being a Ponca City athlete, Klinger responded, “Being able to play with all my girls on the field and having the best coach I could ask for push me to become nothing but better!”

Klinger has played soccer from the young age of five, with her love of the game growing more with each year. Reflecting on her senior season, Klinger is proud of how her team persevere in spite of some obstacles that upset an otherwise great season.

“This last season was going to be the best season yet, until unfortunately most of our players got injured throughout the season, leading to not as a good turn as we expected,” she said. “Even though it made the competition harder, our girls stepped up to the plate and stayed strong in every game! I wouldn’t trade these four years for anything.”

Klinger is motivated on the field by staying focused on her goals and her future.

“If I want to get where I want in life and in soccer I have to put forth the effort constantly even if I don’t feel like it, to stay on track,” she said.

There are a couple of people in Klinger’s life who have made a difference both in and out of soccer.

“The people I look up to most in my life would my mom, because she is always there to support me and push me to be nothing but my best,” she said. “Also, Coach Marcelo, for all he has done for me in my years as a Lady Cat, making me into the player I am today! I couldn’t thank them enough!”

Klinger leaves her fellow Lady Cats with some valuable advice.

“Always play your hardest and don’t become a divided team; having a close bond with your teammates really makes a difference on the game play,” she said. “Try and be the best leader you can, setting examples and being there for underclassmen, because it means more to them than you think!”

Klinger’s future plans are to attend Rose State College where she has accepted a scholarship to continue playing soccer for two years. After that she would like to try for another scholarship for two more years and then go to OSU to study to be a vet.