For the 2018 fall season, Chidera Ogwulu was named “Defensive Player of the Year” by the Frederick News Post, she was also named First Team All-CMC Gambrill division. Chidera is currently a senior and has been a member on the Walkersville varsity girls soccer team all four years of her high school career. She was a captain of the Lady Lions her junior and senior seasons.
Although Chidera is one of the strongest defensive players in the county, she is also an offensive threat. During the 2017 season, her junior year, Chidera scored 8 goals and had 2 assists. In the 2018 season, Chidera had 6 goals and 5 assists. Chidera actually came into high school as a striker, but had to adjust to playing defense. She says, “Before high school I played more of a striker position. It was kind of hard becoming a defender because I didn’t really act like one. Over the years I started to love staying in the back and being a part of an amazing defensive line. It always felt nice for us to get credit for stopping the opposing team’s attack. I’m honestly going to miss playing with all the girls on the field. We became such a family.”
The team has always been seen as more defense minded. Chidera says, “I think we’re more of a defensive-minded team. We tried to defend together as a team, and when we get those opportunities to attack, we all push up and attack as a team.” Chidera has led the back line, as a center back, through many fights during her high school career. The 2018 season was certainly one to remember. The lady lions played 20 games, making it to the state championship game. Throughout the season, the lions only gave up 11 goals. Walkersville is now ranked 18th in the state due to this outstanding effort.
Junior keeper, Jazzmin Salters, praises Chidera’s work this season by saying, “Every night she plays like it’s her last game, she gives everything she has each time she steps out onto the field. She gives 120% and indirectly motivates and inspires all those playing around her. She plays like a goddess.” As a captain, Chidera always inspired all of us to always play hard, no matter what.
Chidera was an inspiration to the whole Walkersville soccer community. She never gave up no matter how much pain she was in, she always gave it her all while pushing us to be better, and always had all of our backs. Chidera will most definitely be missed on and off the field and we look forward to watching her do amazing things in the future. Her advice to underclassmen is, “To younger girls and athletes all around, I would just say to never take anything for granted. Enjoy every practice, scrimmage, and game. It all goes by really quick and you won’t really know until it’s all over. So do everything to the best of your ability.”