GREEN BAY - Morgan Nohr is like any other high school student, she has dreams.
But when Nohr dreams, she dreams big.
The Green Bay East junior dreams of some day playing in the Olympics. And maybe the first step in achieving that life-long goal starts this summer, when Nohr starts training for the Wisconsin State Soccer Olympic Development Team.
Nohr is one of 18 players in her age group named to this team. There are 13 other U.S. Youth Soccer Region II ODP teams that will compete during the Region II ODP tournament in Rockford, Ill.
Nohr hopes this competition gives colleges a chance to see her talents.
"It really gives me an opportunity to have colleges come out and watch me and just see how I play, myself, on the field and how I can personally fit in with their team," Nohr said.
Nohr has been a key player for the Red Devils since her freshman year, and likely always knew she was good. But this chance reinforces her confidence, something that she may need this summer to stand out.
"It gives me a lot more confidence, definitely," she said. "It's definitely rewarding and I just love it."
East coach Michael Bootz says he has had little to do with Nohr's development. To be where she is now, that work started years ago.
"Nothing that was instilled here at East," Bootz said. "She's been doing that since she was a kid, playing soccer. She came in as a freshman with more experience than our returning players because she had started when she was five, six years old."
Bootz has had a front-row seat to watch and coach Nohr and he loves what he sees.
"Fun, fun to coach," he said. "She's a great example for the rest of the team. She's really a humble player and I think that helps her work really well."
Bootz said Nohr will have to work to succeed.
"I think one of the big things with ODP is you have to be dedicated," Bootz said. "There's some extra practices that go above and beyond high school soccer."
Nohr is thrilled for her opportunity and she hopes it some day takes her to her ultimate goal - the Olympics.
"That is another goal of mine, to be in the Olympics, just like any other girl would probably dream of doing," Nohr said.
Bootz doesn't doubt she can make a run.
"The sky's the limit," Bootz said. "You'd hate to tell somebody they can't do something. Sometimes when you do that it motivates them to try even harder. She's going to be surrounded by the right people to give her opportunities while she's down there. I wouldn't be surprised if she makes another round and goes further with this."
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