Aayanna Minott was on top of the world as she felt the rain beat down on she and her Kennesaw Mountain soccer teammates.
The Lady Mustangs had beaten Due West rival Harrison for the first time in Minott’s high school career, in what would be her final opportunity.
“They were always a team that we struggled against,” she said. “To be able to beat them at Harrison, on their field, was really accomplishing and one of the best feelings.”
Minott and her fellow seniors would remind one another of that game for the rest of the season. It was a competitive match, and one Kennesaw Mountain had to earn.
Minott said the atmosphere and weather only added to the experience.
“It was our biggest game and one that I will always remember, she said.”
Minott also knew she would never forget how her final high school season came to a premature end because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Everything that is happening this year, it is crazy,” she said. “The challenges that were thrown our way senior year, it is just crazy how we graduated and how everything ended.”
Minott faced challenges in her career, including position instability, throughout her four years at Kennesaw Mountain.
She was moved to a variety of spots around the field and said it was difficult to settle into one role because it changed each season. Minott played out her senior year at center back, helping the Lady Mustangs to a 6-2 record before the season’s premature end.
“I would get comfortable near the end of the season, but then a new challenge would come up,” Minott said.
Minott made the varsity squad for three years and was a team captain her senior year, being named to the all-Region 3AAAAAAA first team. She was also on the Kennesaw Mountain cross country team her junior and senior years.
Minott plans to continue her soccer career at the collegiate level, having signed to play at Jacksonville State University. She received a full athletic and academic scholarship because of her 4.076 grade-point average.
Minott is ready to take on that next chapter. She plans to study nursing, drawing interest from her mother, who teaches nursing at Emory University.
“To see where everyone goes, I am just excited for what the future holds,” she said. “I really appreciate the coaching staff and everything they have done.”