CAROL STREAM – It is impossible to ignore the lengthy throw-ins from Ashley Pogue, some of which turned into assists for her teammates after soaring into the penalty box.
But one also can't dismiss the all-around player that the four-year varsity player at Glenbard North turned herself into, one that helped the Panthers to their best season in recent memory this spring.
"I've seen Ashley develop a lot over the last four years," Glenbard North coach David Stanfield said. "She has really come on in terms of connecting with the other players. She always been a powerful girl with that throw and she is a good finisher as well.
"She has been a lot of fun to be around and she's been a real leader in the program."
Indeed, Pogue notched a career high 12 assists this spring from her forward position. She also led Glenbard North with 16 goals after scoring 12 as a junior.
"From freshman year to this year, I've definitely become more unselfish," Pogue said. "Coach Stanfield would always say to get my head up to find the better passes. I've also gotten more confident throughout the years. I've shot more but also found different chances to pass the ball. I've just gotten smarter."
Pogue initially got started with the sport of soccer at the age of four in large part because older sisters Stefanie and Christina played. She began travel ball with the Carol Stream Panthers in second grade.
Four years later, Pogue, who started out at center midfield before moving to forward, competed alongside Rachel McDonnell and Emily Merkle for the first time. That trio went on to be called up to North's varsity as freshman and this spring, each was selected as a captain.
"My two best friends were up with me and that made the varsity transition easier," Pogue said. "Plus the older girls were really, really good about easing us into it. This year, it was definitely nice to see us all be captains together. That's a favorite memory, being a captain with them."
Together, they helped lead the Panthers to 14 wins this spring, including a postseason victory, and a second place finish in the DVC.
"This was one of the top years at Glenbard North and I was honored to be a part of it," Pogue said. "To sum it up, it was a privilege working with the girls on our team and learning from the coaches we've had. I've learned more than just soccer, I've learned patience, teamwork and integrity. And I'm proud to have grown with the program, it was a fun experience."
The next step in Pogue's career will take her to Maryville University in St. Louis where she will be a part of the physical therapy program.
"I really like the coach and when I met with the team, they were very accepting," said the recently graduated senior, who is helping coach club soccer this summer. "I'm really excited."