LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – It was a week before the start of the season and Collins head coach Jerry Lucas had a huge problem.
“We have an outstanding kicker Webb Bates. He tore his meniscus this summer and he needed to have surgery,” said Lucas. “We had another kid that kicked for us. He got hurt. I said, ‘we are in trouble.”
Lucas was desperate. He needed a kicker and he needed one fast. He didn’t have one on his team but he did have one in his school.
“Our girls’ soccer team is practicing on a Saturday morning,” recalled Lucas. “(I go over and) Lindsay is kicking corner kicks. I said, ‘there is your answer right there.”
Lucas actually knew who Lindsay Creque was long before that fateful Saturday morning. Creque used to be a manager for the football team during her first two years of high school.
Now Lucas needed her to take on a different role.
“I never thought about being a kicker,” Creque admitted. “He came up to me and I agreed to do it. I said, ‘this could be cool to do. “
And so just like that, Collins had a new kicker. And once again, it was a Creque. Lindsay’s brother Blanton kicked for Collins two years earlier and is now kicking at Louisville.
“He told me to be confident in myself and told me to focus on the ball and not focus on the people.”
And that’s exactly what Lindsey did.
As a lifelong soccer player, it didn’t take her long to adjust to the new sport. It did however take some time to learn to play with all that equipment.
“It was awkward to put on shoulder pads and a helmet as a girl,” said Creque. “(But) the atmosphere was great. It was a whole other experience being on the field.”
Creque wound up playing a total of three games. She left the team this week after the original starting kicker returned from his injury. Her time as a football player is over but her mark on the school will not be forgotten.
“She is the first female football player at Collins since it’s been open,” said Lucas. “I think she is the perfect role mode. Not just for girls but for anyone who says, ‘I can do this. I can do anything I put my mind to.”
And while Creque is excited to have a lighter schedule she says she’d be happy to help out again on a moment’s notice.
“Oh yea, whenever they need me, I’m running on the field.”
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