Karlie Paschall has climbed the ladder of success quickly since she first kicked a soccer ball around the time she started walking. And her
parents have been with her every step
along the way – from holding her hand so
she wouldn’t fall down, to driving her to
practices to sitting in the stands at Duke.
“I’ve really been blessed with a ton
of mentors who have supported me
and helped me become a better soccer
player and a better person,” said
Paschall, who is currently getting plenty
of playing time as a freshman for the
“But two of the most constant
believers in me have definitely been my
parents (Danny and Sharon Paschall).”
And even though she is now further
away from them, she can see even
clearer just how important they’ve been
to her success.
“I see that now more than ever being
here at Duke,” she says, getting a little
emotional. “I’m so in awe of how they
continue to support me even though I
don’t live under their roof anymore.
“They text me or call me every single
day to tell me how much they believe in
me and how proud they are of me. That
positive reinforcement has helped me so
much get through the day being at such
a challenging university like Duke and
playing on a Division I soccer team. They
are just amazing.”
Paschall arrived at Duke injured and
had to sit out of practice early on in the
season. And that was tough.
“Coming in injured, my confidence
level was lower than it should have
been, and my parents straightened that
out really fast and helped me believe in
myself,” she said. “They have helped so
much in making the transition to college
and still believe in me. That gives me so
much confidence that they still believe
Her parents also have watched and
guided her along the
way as a member of
U.S. National Teams.
Last year, Paschall
trained with the U.S.
U- 19 National Team.
participated in the
U- 20 National Team
training camp in
2014, trained with
the U- 18 National
Team in 2013,
and with the U- 15
National Team in
2011 and 2012.
“From the time I
started playing, they
have sacrificed more
than I could have ever dreamed of and I
am so honored and grateful for all they
do,” she said. “I never take their support
for me for granted.”
A native of Brentwood, Tenn.,
Paschall was named the 2016 Gatorade
Tennessee Player of the Year and was
the MVP of the High School All-American
Game in North Carolina in December.
All of the effort and sacrifice has not
only been rewarded with such things
as a scholarship to Duke and trips
all over the world, but with her 2016
induction into the Tennessee Soccer
Hall of Fame.
Paschall was a 2017 and 2016 US
Youth Soccer National Champion with
Tennessee Soccer Club and selected to
the 2016, 2014, 2013 and 2012 US Youth
Soccer National Championship Best XI
teams. She capped off her youth career
by earning the Golden Ball honor while
helping Tennessee SC to its second
straight National title in 2017.
Some of the top college
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BY TERRY JACOBY
Karlie Paschall credits her success to the
support her parents have given her.