abria Marquez will be kicking her way into Point University this fall.
On Feb. 3, National Signing Day, Marquez attended Richmond Hill High School’s signing ceremony held at the school’s media center. She signed her letter of intent to attend Point University and play soccer for the Skyhawks.
Point is a private Christian liberal-arts university with campuses in the Atlanta metro area, Savannah, West Point (near Columbus) and Birmingham, Alabama.
Marquez described her feelings as bittersweet during the signing ceremony.
"I’m going to be going away from all my friends and family," she said.
Even though Marquez will be leaving her comfort zone, one can hear the excitement in her voice. She is looking forward to living on her own in the dorms, but she also is nervous about keeping her grades up because her parents pushed her through high school.
"My parents really influenced me through high school," she said "They really helped me through everything and helped me stay on track gradewise."
For 11 years, Marquez has been dribbling the ball up and down the field. She started at Bryan County’s recreation center.
Soccer has always been an important part of her life. Her sister Jasmine Marquez, 18, also plays as a defender and midfielder at Point. Her younger brother Cristian Marquez, 16, plays the game as well.
When asked if she could see herself playing soccer professionally, she said no.
"I want to have a regular career, not a soccer one," Sabria Marquez said
Even though Marquez’s favorite subject in school is science, she plans to study early childhood education while at Point. She would like to work with kindergartners or first-graders.
Marquez’s dream job is to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a teacher.
She faced a big challenge on her journey to college. She was not quite sure whether she wanted to play soccer at the collegiate level. A natural-born leader, Marquez decided to stick to her roots and continue to play soccer competitively.
Marquez said the community encouraged her to continue playing. The crowds cheered her and her Lady Wildcat teammates at their games. While playing attacking midfielder, she would her the roar from the stands.
"It pushed me to my soccer career," she said.
Marquez also gives back to her community. She volunteered with the FCCLA. She helped bag food for the homeless.
While her life does not revolve around soccer, she is inspired by her favorite team, the U.S. women’s soccer team.
Her favorite player is Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan.