Talent signs to Tabor soccer, leaves her mark at Pittsburg High School

Natalie Talent was instrumental in bringing the girls soccer program to Pittsburg High School.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – It’s been a bittersweet senior year for Pittsburg’s Natalie Talent.

Talent signed on Friday afternoon to continue her soccer career at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas – but her signing comes after her senior season was cut short due to a knee injury after just a few games.

“It’s the biggest blessing I could have asked for, especially after getting hurt,” Talent says of signing to play in college, “It was pretty devastating when I got hurt.”

Talent played with the co-ed team for most of her career at Pittsburg High School .

However, in 2019, she started the charge to add a girl’s soccer program at PHS – an idea that would become a reality for her senior season this spring.

“The whole reason we started the team was for girls coming up. It kind of made me realize that I didn’t need to have all the attention on me, and I can’t be upset because that was the reason we started the team,” Talent says of her injury cutting her only girls soccer season short, “While it did hurt, and it was upsetting because I love to play, I was happy because the other girls get to go on and fulfill the purpose of why we started the team.”

Talent is excited for the opportunity to keep playing after high school, and motivated to get back on the field and prove herself.

“I had about six cross-bars that could have been goals,” Talent says with a laugh, “I’m itching for a goal. I want to score, and I want to keep growing as a person and keep learning from soccer and let the game keep leading me to crazy places.”

She’ll now have a chance to do all of that at Tabor College.

“I had dinner with the girls the night before my visit, and they were so nice. Everybody we ran into was kind and welcoming,” she says of why Tabor College is the right choice, “I actually got to go to their worship night, because I went on a Wednesday. It was everything I was looking for in a college. It was perfect.”