Kicking her soccer dreams

Fourteen-year-old Mikayla Lorenz is continually proving herself in female soccer.

SOCCER STAR: Fourteen-year-old Mikayla Lorenz has been selected to head to Germany to go to attend the Joeys Mini World Club.

SOCCER STAR: Fourteen-year-old Mikayla Lorenz has been selected to head to Germany to go to attend the Joeys Mini World Club.

Lorenz, who has played soccer since she was seven years old, has just been scouted to attend a coaching clinic in Germany next month.

The Joeys Mini World Cup is a competitive tournament in which elite players are selected to travel to Germany to join and train with professionals in the country.

It is not the first time she has travelled overseas for sports, the goalkeeper has been to Fiji twice to take part in a South Australian Regional Girls Program in 2013 and 2014.

The Regional Girls Program is a year long initiative providing regional South Australia’s best female players extensive training, coaching and opportunities.

Lorenz, alongside fellow Whyalla girl Leing Reupana represented SA at the carnivals held in Fiji last year.

Not only was Lorenz able to play alongside of some of the nations best, she was able to travel the country and speak with  locals.

Lorenz has also competed in the country championships in Barmera and national championships, representing South Australia.

Continually wanting to improve her soccer skills, Lorenz has completed many Football Federation of South Australia clinics including ones hosted by former Brazillian football player Cristiano Dos Santos Rodrigues.

Currently, Lorenz plays for Adelaide University and the South Australian State Development Squad for her age group. 

This sees her travel to Adelaide every weekend during the soccer season with the support of her family.

Lorenz will leave for Germany later this month, after being scouted as the only female goalkeeper for the clinics.

She will travel to Europe as part of a mixed Joeys side and will celebrate her 15th birthday abroad.

The coaching clinics will see Lorenz learn from some of the world’s best, including former Australian Socceroos’ coach Rale Rasic.

Lorenz will undergo intensive training with clubs including SV Elversberg and FC Frankfurt.

Some of the participants will also be given the chance to set up a future playing opportunity in Germany. 

Saarbruecken, Cottbus and Frankfurt Oder Sport Schools are elite schools for football and olympic centres.

Having previously played for Croatia Soccer Club in Whyalla, Lorenz said her goal was to make it professionally in the sport.

“It would be my ultimate dream to play for Australia one day,” she said.

Port Augusta player Myria Hall will join Lorenz for the once in a lifetime experience, something she said she would never forget.

“I’m a bit nervous, I have never been away from my family for a month before,” she said.

“But I’m really excited to use these nerves to the best of my ability and come back a much stronger player.

“I really want to thank all of my friends and family for their continued support, especially my parents and Andy Bateman.”

Bateman coached Lorenz while at Westlands and Croatia Soccer Club, continually assisting the development of her skills.

“They’ve really helped me to get where I am today, so I’m really thankful, I can’t wait to go.”