DURHAM, N.C.— Duke women's soccer program will welcome another standout recruiting class to the mix in 2017 as head coach Robbie Church and his staff landed the No. 5 overall class. During the spring and summer, GoDuke.com will spotlight each of the eight newcomers.
The sixth rookie that will be spotlighted is Lily Nabet, who is a 5-2 midfielder from Los Angeles, Calif. Attended Chaminade H.S., where she was a 2017 CIF southern selection.
Get to Know Nabet --
What do you enjoy most about playing soccer?
I think what I enjoy most about playing soccer is playing for something bigger than yourself. Whether I'm on the sideline or on the field, it’s fun to motivate those around you. Fighting for your teammates is something I love about playing soccer.
What age did you start playing soccer?
I started playing soccer when I was about 3 or 4 with my two older brothers but I started competitively around 10 years old.
What are some of the strengths of your soccer game?
My biggest strength in my game is my motivation to keep going. At a very young age I was taught to push through pain and I have always applied that to games and practice.
When/why did you decide soccer was going to be your sport you concentrated on?
I decided I wanted soccer to be a big part of my future because of the excitement I got going to practices and games. A big part of this was my teammates. I got really close with almost all of the girls I played with and it was fun to push each other and be competitive. As time went on, soccer became fun and competitive.
What are you most looking forward to when you arrive on campus at Duke?
I am looking forward to the chemistry on the team. The family aspect on my teams has been a big part of soccer and I can't wait to be part of the Duke family. I have only been around the team for a weekend and I can already tell how much they love each other.
Who has had the greatest influence on your game?
My mom and club coach, Kristy Walker, have had the greatest influence on my game. My mom has sacrificed so much for me in order to help me develop and I couldn't thank her more for that. She has always supported me for the things I love even though she may not always agree with them and that love is something I want to carry on in my life. Kristy Walker was my coach for about seven years and that bond grew more than just a player and a coach. She has been my mentor through my soccer career and throughout life. She has also sacrificed a lot for me and has helped me become the fighter I am today. I owe it all to these two women.
What are you doing this summer?
This summer I have been training with some of the girls on my old team. Unfortunately, I am not going on any summer vacations but I did decide to get a job washing dogs.
What do most people don’t know about you?
Most people don't know that growing up I was a huge tomboy. I always wore basketball shorts and t-shirts until eighth grade. I never really had any friends that were girls. Growing up with two brothers, I was always interested in sports and different games.
Favorite Athlete: Kobe Bryant
Biggest Thrill in Sports: Playing for a championship
Goals Upon Graduation: Have a good last day of high school.
Hobbies: Going to the beach, shopping, and watching Netflix.
Other sports you played growing up: I played basketball with my brothers.
Favorite soccer player to watch: Cristiano Ronaldo
Hidden/special talents: I can eat a whole lot
Favorite dessert: Ice cream
Favorite type of music: R&B/Hip Hop