Female Athlete of the Week: Bethany Fitzsimmons

Posted at 10:28 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 02:36:17-05

As the saying goes, records are made to be broken. Taft's Bethany Fitzsimmons has had one goal in mind all season; that being California's Central Section scoring record for soccer set by BCHS' Hannah Kind Rehkoph in 2014.

But she's not looking from any fanfare. in fact she's quick to shy away from it. While many across Kern County signed their letters of intent on national signing day in front of huge gatherings, Bethany signed hers in front of just seven people inside her grandparent's house Wednesday night.

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Like most soccer players she wants to score but it seems her targets are bigger than most. "It was kind of a personal goal at the beginning and then it got out and my family decided they wanted to tell everybody about it," she said.

Her mark is 100 goals by season's end. Impossible right? Well she's already at 86 goals and owns the Central Section scoring record. After she broke the record against Arivin the game was stopped and she was recognized for her accomplishment. She was given the ball that she scored with and it was signed by all of her teammates.

While she's ready to celebrate after her private signing to play next year at Cal State Northridge, her family has seen it coming. "That's been her dream, to play in college," said her father Steve. "Ever since she was six years old and found out you can play soccer in college that's what she's always wanted to do."

And while it took a lot of hard work to get to where she is, her coach Abel Pedro thinks this is just the beginning. "In the collegiate level the sky is the limit for her."

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Bethany's quest for 100 goals continues as the Wildcats have three games left in the regular season plus the postseason. Follow Stephen Hicks on twitter for the very latest:


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