Former Lady Longhorn soccer star Amy Wilcox hasn't let a severe case of asthma slow her development as a collegiate player.
Fighting off the effects of the asthma that often limit her playing time, Wilcox earned a pair of awards as a freshman member of the Paradise Valley Community College Lady Pumas soccer team.
Those honors, for being the most improved player and for chalking up the most impressive goal of the season, were doled out by the PVCC coaching staff at the team's season-ending award banquet Jan. 21 on the school's campus.
According to her father, former Lady Longhorn coach Randy Wilcox, Amy recorded the resounding goal in a midseason game against nationally ranked Mesa Community College.
"It was from about 15 yards out and she rifled it through a crowd," Randy Wilcox said. "At the banquet, the coach said ‘there probably wasn't a boy's team goal kicked any harder this season.'"
Wilcox began her freshman season as a reserve on the Puma team, but by midseason was playing well enough to be in the starting lineup.
As a four-year member (2000-2004) of the Lady Longhorns, she earned all state-tournament honors her sophomore season and was all-region as a junior and a senior.
Wilcox has not decided on an academic major, but says she would like to focus on a career in either physical education or physical therapy.