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Spring 2003 - Soccer

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Soccer star heads to the field

By Grant Fausset

Being a student athlete takes commitment. With the time restraints of practices, class and studying, an athlete at Purdue University has to make the most of his or her experiences in the classroom as well as on the field.

Professor Kirby Hayes

Photos provided by the Purdue Sports Information Department

Midfielder Arin Yarc (right) gains control of the ball in a game last fall against Butler University.

Arin Yarc is a sophomore midfielder on the women's soccer team majoring in agricultural education, and she has that commitment to make the most of her experiences. According to her coach, she is a standout on and off the field.

"Arin is very outgoing and one of the captains on our team," said coach Rob Klatte. "Purdue wants players that are self-motivated, willing and want to get better. She exhibits all of the characteristics we look for in our student athletes." Klatte said that Yarc is very proud of her background which he thinks leads her to be the person she is today.

Yarc grew up in Libertyville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. She was the only student raised on a farm in a school of 2,500 students. In high school, Yarc was involved in 4-H, soccer and basketball and in the summer cared for her 4-H pigs and steers. She also baled hay for fun.

When Yarc graduated from high school, she wanted to continue to play basketball or soccer and keep her agricultural background. Yarc decided to go to Purdue and be a walk-on for the Purdue soccer team. She became a key player on last year's team that advanced to the NCAA tournament.

Yarc chose Purdue because of its excellent agriculture school, improving soccer team and closeness to home. She decided to major in agricultural education because she always wanted to teach kids about agriculture and coach athletics. "My agricultural background taught me about hard work, desire and dedication, both in the classroom and on the soccer field," Yarc said.

Sometimes Yarc finds it hard to balance her class work and her soccer responsibilities. During the season, the soccer team travels on the weekends, so the time she spends in the classroom is not affected. "During the season, time management with classes and athletics is quite the challenge," Yarc said.

The future is very bright for Yarc on the soccer field, but she is not quite sure where she will end up in life. She knows that she wants to teach and coach, but beyond that, she is unsure. "I want my kids to have the agricultural background that I had, but as far as marrying a farm guy and moving back to a farm, we will just have to wait and see," Yarc said.

Klatte and Yarc both agree that hard work has gotten her where she is today. Her advice for students with an agricultural background who have a desire to play sports in college is to go for the opportunity.

"Go for it; the challenge is great," Yarc said. "I have received many opportunities through Purdue. This University has taken care of me in every respect."