Randy Wilcox summed up his daughter's love for soccer by saying, "several times she was real close to hanging up her cleats because she likes to breathe, but apparently she likes soccer more."
Amy Wilcox, a former Lady Longhorn star who now plays for Eastern New Mexico University, has suffered from asthma since birth.
Because she can suffer a life-threatening attack at any time, the condition renders playing sports and participating in vigorous activities difficult.
As tough as normal breathing is for Wilcox, she managed to excel in soccer on the youth, high school and collegiate level.
Most recently, the ENMU senior wrapped up her playing career by finishing ninth in school history in points scored (14) and seventh in assists (four).
She also tied the team record of two assists in one game.
"She loved the role of senior leader on the team," said her father, a Rim Country Middle School P.E. teacher and the former Lady Longhorn soccer coach.
Amy said she owes her career to the many coaches who helped her along the way, including former PHS coach Linda Gibson.
"She sparked a fire in her for love of the game," Randy Wilcox said.
Before accepting a scholarship to ENMU in 2006, Amy starred at Paradise Valley Community College, where she was named the Most Improved Player and honored for scoring the best goal of the year as a freshman.
Randy Wilcox remembers the score well.
"It was from about 15 yards out and she rifled it through a crowd," he said. "
At the (postseason) banquet, the coach said, ‘There probably wasn't a boy's team goal kicked any harder."
As a sophomore at PVCC, she was tapped a Puma team captain.
During her Payson High School career, from 2000 to 2004, she was a four-year letter winner in soccer and one of the team's leading scorers. She earned all-state tournament honors her sophomore season and was all-region selection as a junior and senior.
She also participated in basketball and track at PHS and once was a regional Punt, From page 1B
Pass and Kick contest winner.
Wilcox is the first PHS graduate to go on to play four years of college soccer. Her ambition is to follow in her father's footsteps and become a physical education teacher and coach.
At ENMU, she is an honor student and member of the school's leadership team.