Five Star Performer - Rylee Eschliman

Rylee Eschliman scored five goals in Northwest’s win over Holdrege
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 10:48 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Northwest senior Rylee Eschliman has turned heads this season. She ranks in the top-10 in goals scoring 17 in just eight games.

“I know the track coach gives her a hard time as far as ‘Can’t you come over and run the 100 for us real quick?’” Northwest girls soccer coach Jess Herrmann said. “She laughs it off and we have a good time with her but you know when she puts her head down and goes there’s not many people, not many opponents that can catch her.”

Eschliman used her speed to score five goals in the Vikings 6-3 win over Holdrege last week.

“Their defense was kind of pushing up so I knew that if I put it over or behind them a little more I could get around them,” Eschliman said.

Someone of few words, she lets her game do the talking for her.

“Soccer is pretty great for Rylee because she’s a pretty introverted person in school and just kind of in her social zones,” Herrmann said. “When you see her on the field her aggression kind of comes out and she can kind of let loose and play hard. It’s really fun seeing that other side of her.”

Eschliman has played soccer since she was three growing up in McCook. She knew early on her game leaned more towards the offensive end.

“It’s more fast paced and I have the speed to get up to it,” she said.

Coach Herrman said it is not all about scoring goals when it comes to Eschliman.

“She’s early to practice. She’ll stay late to work on her game,” Herrman said. “She does all those little things. Even if she wasn’t scoring as many goals. She’s still a kid that I love to have.”

The goals are coming in bunches for Eschliman this season but she truly cares about two things.

“The victory at the end of the game if we win or seeing your teammates excited,” she said.

Eschliman is heading to Central Community College in Columbus to play soccer next year.

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