Caroline Stanley is a former pro soccer goalkeeper and an assistant coach with the University of Tulsa. In January of 2018, Stanley retired from professional soccer after playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) for the Seattle Reign (2015), Sky Blue New Jersey (2016) and Orlando Pride (2017). Stanley was a three-year letterwinner at the University of Southern California, after playing her freshman season at the University of Missouri. She started in 55 of 58 games at USC, and had 245 saves in her career. Stanley represented the U.S. Youth Women’s National Team as a member of the U15, U17, U18 and U20 teams. She also played for Lee’s Summit North High School, where she earned back-to-back Goalkeeper of the Year honors from the Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association. Stanley was a two-time first-team all-state honoree and Examiner all-area first-team selection. She was also a member of the KCFC Intensity, Scream and Pink Panthers club teams, winning four state titles and capturing the 2011 Summer National Championship with KCFC. Stanley earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2015 from USC.
In part 1 of our two part conversation, Caroline shares how she came to faith in Christ, what it was like growing up as a pastor's kid, dealing with peer pressure as a teenager, retiring at age 24 and how her faith was renewed when she went to college at USC.
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