Campbell, who is only 17, is a member of the Darlington Soccer Academy and during past few years she’s played in Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, London and many places in between.
In recent days, her talents put her on the short list for a prestigious award.
Campbell was among the four finalists for the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. She was the only player to be nominated that is still in high school.
Campbell said she was shocked to just to be nominated.
“It was awesome,” said Campbell. “I had no idea that I would even be in consideration for it.
“It was a real honor since all the other nominees are college students who have done amazing things,” added Campbell.
“It was just a real honor to be nominated. The fact that I’m 17 still just made it even more of a shock that I would even put in that pool of players.”
The award winner was released this week, and North Carolina’s Julie Johnston was named the winner. The other two nominees for the award were also players on the UNC women’s soccer team.
Despite not winning the award, Campbell has racked up numerous accolades in her young career and she has stayed humble throughout it all.
“I didn’t do this by myself,” said Campbell. “My whole team helped me get nominated and there were a bunch of girls out there who could have gotten that nomination.”
“I don’t really know what got me the nomination, but I can just thank my coaches and teammates for helping me get it,” added Campbell.
“I didn’t expect to win at all, and it was just cool to be nominated and have my name along side those other players.”
Chad Little, the director of the Darlington Soccer Academy, knows how special it was for Campbell just to be nominated.
“She’s had a great year obviously, but it’s pretty special to be the only high school kid nominated,” said Little. “She’s got the hole package. She’s a great student athlete, she’s driven and knows that she wants and goes after her goals.”
One of Campbell’s highlights for this year was getting the chance to play in this year’s World Cup.
“It was incredible,” said Campbell. “They always talk about what it’s going to be like to play in front of thousands of people and in our first game there was 8,000 people there to watch it. To only be 17-years old that was just incredible.
“It was an unforgettable experience,” added Campbell. “Our (Under-17) team had a great year with the World Cup and all, and that didn’t end how we wanted to but it was still a great experience.”
Since she is a member of the Darlington Soccer Academy, Campbell isn’t able to play for the high school soccer team at Darlington, but being a member of the Academy has really helped her.
“I love it and it had really helped me become a better soccer player,” said Campbell. “Chad Little has done so much for me, and he’s and incredible coach.”
Being a member of the Academy doesn’t keep her from playing other sports at Darlington. Campbell is a member of the Lady Tigers basketball team.
“I love basketball and it helps me a lot with soccer actually,” said Campbell. “It helps with the foot work and hand-eye coordination and I love my basketball team.”
“I’ve always loved basketball and I always will,” added Campbell.
Campbell has already decided what college she’s going to attend to continue her soccer career, and the decision wasn’t hard for her. She will attend Stanford University.
“Stanford has an amazing women’s soccer program, and it’s one of the best in the country by far,” said Campbell. “They really wanted me to come visit and I was out there for a camp, so it worked out.”
“They’re a great academic school and it just seemed like it was a perfect fit,” added Campbell. “I’ve gone out (to California) so much through the years, and I just love it out there.”