High School Soccer

Squalicum goalie Runnalls all about the team

Squalicum's Rachel Runnalls makes a save during their 2-1 victory over Shorecrest to win the 2A girls soccer state championship on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Shoreline.
Squalicum's Rachel Runnalls makes a save during their 2-1 victory over Shorecrest to win the 2A girls soccer state championship on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Shoreline. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Rachel Runnalls, the goalkeeper for Squalicum girls’ soccer team, is beginning her senior year at the top of the league. Squalicum is currently leading the Northwest Conference with an unbeaten record.

The Storm, as a family of players who inspire each other and are working toward a goal, is her top priority, she said.

Outside of soccer, Runnalls is a filmmaker. She has already been accepted to the Art Institute of Seattle where she hopes to pursue film making and video editing.

Question: What is your favorite moment during a game?

Answer: During a home game, running out before the game is really cool. When they say your name and you run out and high-five all your teammates, that would probably be my favorite part just because it’s very exciting.

Q: What is something you have learned from being a part of this team?

A: That being connected, relationship-wise, with your teammates off the field is just as important as being connected on the field. Having close friendships and relationships with your teammates really does help your playing during the game. I think that is something that is really important that I have learned, that building close friendships off the field really contribute to on-the-field success.

Q: How do you balance soccer and school?

A: Soccer is definitely a priority in my schedule. Especially just because right now, with it being senior year, I want to give it my all and everything toward the season. So, I think it is a priority but I also manage homework and stuff at home. I normally stay up pretty late doing other things but I definitely have soccer as a priority right now. Everything else I do at night when I get home.

Q: Do you have any teammates who inspire you? Why?

A: Rachel Dorr because last year she was injured the whole season because of her ACL. She has really overcome it and worked really hard to become just as good as she was before she got injured and now I think she is even better. She is a really inspiring person because of how hard she works and how good of a player she is. I am also really close with her because she is my centerback and so we are very close on the field.

Q: Do you have a quote you keep in mind while playing?

A: As a team we have three words that we are supposed to say in our heads during the game and that is “ambition, belief and challenge.” I really like to keep those in mind because we came up with those as a team, as goals and things to make our playing off of. It’s like our team goal but it is definitely something that comes up in my mind a lot.

Quick hits

Favorite class: Yoga

Favorite song: Boston by Augustana

Favorite place to visit: San Diego, Calif.

Dream college: Art Institute of Seattle

Favorite book: The Hunger Games

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