Oklahoma Energy FC is one of the many teams participating in the Frontier Player Development League (FPDL) in its pilot year. Female athletes from OEFC east, west and central have pooled together and created teams to compete at this level of competition.
The ‘03 girls FPDL team is one such team. Maddie Holub, a freshman at Edmond North, says her participation on the team gives her opportunities to be involved in other high school activities.
Her dream to play college soccer is accompanied by high school soccer and track involvement. Holub loves being involved in OEFC and FPDL because of her ability to participate in other things. She wants to be a veterinarian after college and works hard in her studies, especially in her favorite subject, math. However, the love of being on a soccer team brings many great memories to mind.
She recalls a time where her teammate tried to show her how to head a ball and ended up breaking her nose. And last year, Holub went to Sarasota, Florida, for a second-place tournament finish in the Super Y League Championship, along with some beach time with her team.
For Holub, this has given her the freedom to experience other areas in her life. Soccer is the biggest piece, but she also understands that high school is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The freedom to experience school clubs, football games and high school sporting involvement is her favorite part of this experience.
Holub grew up playing at OEFC with many of her friends. She credits the club for developing her as a player and helping her further her soccer career through recruiting and development.
Within the FPDL, the competition is fierce but plenty of young women are taking the opportunity to develop themselves not just as top-notch players, but also as exemplary and well-rounded people.