The headband is a dead giveaway — Pierson Weimer is an all-around athlete.
Just watching the Pueblo County sophomore move on the soccer pitch is impressive.
A two-sport performer in basketball and soccer, Weimer is part of a renewed push to bring the PCHS soccer program back to relevance.
And it’s happening.
The Hornets have qualified for the Class 4A state high school girls soccer championships where they will play Evergreen this week in the first round.
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A bright future
Despite her youth, Weimer is the team’s top returning scorer from last season and brings a calming presence to a young squad that is making strides to get better.
“This is a good group,” Weimer said. “We have a lot of freshmen in the program. Adding those girls in, we have a bright future ahead of us.”
Weimer has a team-high 21 goals and two assists. She has six multi-goal games including a four-goal sortie against Pueblo Central in a 9-0 victory.
Pueblo County head coach Bailey Thomas is ecstatic to have a player of Weimer’s caliber in her program.
“She’s a great athlete, good person, good student,” Bailey said. “She works super hard and puts effort in. I’m excited to have her as part of our team for another two years.”
Looked upon to score
Even though she was a freshman a year ago, Weimer was one of the top scorers in the South-Central League. She finished with 16 goals and five assists.
The Hornets had only one senior on the squad last year in Ally Henrikson, who poured in 17 goals. Henrikson and Weimer combined to score 33 of the Hornets’ 48 goals.
“Last year when I was a freshman I had a lot of senior guidance with Ally,” Weimer said. “I know this year I’m only a sophomore but being one of the girls who played last year on a young squad I’m trying to take on as much of a leadership role as I can. I also want to be a peer with my teammates.
“We have a lot of work to do. I have a lot of work to put in. As a team, I’m just trying to stay involved and pick everyone up.”
Weimer’s impact on the team goes beyond scoring.
“Even when she’s not scoring she’s making plays happen for us,” Bailey said. “She knows the game so well, and is such a fierce competitor.
“She makes things happen for other girls to score. Somehow she’s able to be successful even when she’s not scoring. She’s like having another coach on the field.”
Being a two-sport athlete
Weimer admits soccer is her main focus although she was a varsity performer in basketball this past season.
“Soccer is my main sport but I do play basketball to stay in shape and have some fun,” she said. “I’ve played soccer for a quite a while. I play basketball for fun.”
Weimer touched on what it’s like to be a multi-sport athlete.
“Honestly being a multi-sport athlete is very beneficial,” she said. “It keeps you from being burnt out on the sport that you do.
“Because of basketball I can see the game a little better so that helps me with soccer a lot. And doing something else helps with the muscles in your body.”
Bailey sees the benefits of having multi-sport athletes in her program.
“It’s good for them to play multiple sports and keep their options open,” Bailey said. “Too much of the same sport can be difficult at times.”
Chieftain senior sports reporter Jeff Letofsky can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jeffletofsky