It isn’t just the outbreak of COVID-19 that has kept Geneseo High School senior Keeli Frerichs off the soccer field, although that is certainly on her mind, the standout athlete also has had to face an additional setback.
She was injured at the Seth Ernst Memorial Soccer Slam on March 1, the night before her senior soccer season started.
“I was chasing after a ball and my momentum took me into the scoreboard, and I stepped on the leg,” she said. “I badly sprained my ankle and was put on crutches and in a boot, so I haven’t been able to practice at all.”
She has been receiving physical therapy for a more than a month and said she is hoping to recover and heal properly “in time if we are allowed to return back to our season. On the positive side, not having a soccer season is giving me plenty of time to heal.”
“Soccer-wise, I do what I can to work on my dribbling and footwork,” she said. “It is great to see my other teammates out putting in the work to keep our skills up.” Even though Frerichs has the extra time to take care of her injury, she misses being with her teammates, and she said, “For our team, soccer is more the an just a game to us. We love going out there and playing with our teammates and friends. I have played with many of the same girls for several years now, and it is a blast coming back every year to play with my teammates.”
Frerichs is a three-sport athlete – volleyball, basketball and soccer. She became involved in different sports at a young age and has been playing soccer since she was four years old.
“Soccer is my favorite sport because I developed a love for the game at a young age and I cold go out and play for hours every day and never get tired of playing,” she said. “You can always find a ball at my feet.”
 Frerichs is the daughter of Curt and Karna Frerichs and after graduating from GHS, she will be a student at St. Ambrose University in Davenport where she also will be on the soccer team.
“My season at St. Ambrose begins the moment I am done with high school,” she said. “I will have workouts over the summer to keep me in shape and to keep my foot on the ball for the fall soccer season. Our preseason will begin in August of this year.”
Frerichs has been accepted into the Track 1 Physical Therapy program at St. Ambrose, where she will major in exercise science…”Hopefully, I can start graduate school after my junior year of college,” she said.