Her Soccer Skill Is An International Sensation


• School: Tates Creek High
Grade: 12
• Sports: Soccer
• Academics: Mallory has a 4.39 GPA in the International Baccalaureate program and is fluent in French, which she learned while studying in Switzerland.
• Parents: Miriam & Shawn

High school soccer fans probably already know that Mallory Eubanks of Tates Creek High is the state’s top player.

She is the reigning Miss Kentucky Soccer, was the District and Region MVP last season, is a NSCAA All American and is the Gatorade Player of the Year for Kentucky.

What fans might not know is that Mallory is fluent in French, lived in Switzerland for four years and is probably the only high school soccer player in Kentucky to be named to an All-Genevevois team (that’s the Swiss equivalent to All State.)

Mallory, a 17-year-old senior who will play at Mississippi State next season, attended College du Leman, an international school in Geneva where her father worked for Lexmark for four years.

The experience from seventh-10th grade enriched Mallory as a student and a soccer player.

Mallory studied next to students from all over the world. The curriculum was challenging, and the cultural education she received was unparalleled.

Besides rubbing shoulders with students of all cultures, Mallory traveled with her family, making stops in England, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Turkey, Russia and Egypt.

As a 10th grader, Mallory’s coach spoke only French, so halfway through the season Mallory had become fluent.

That educational foundation served her well when she enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Tates Creek.

Mallory is in the more challenging full diploma program and has a 4.39 GPA, with a 26 on her ACT.

Mallory is a master of organization, keeping a thick binder for each class. For biology, for example, the three-inch thick notebook has 15 color-coded tabs.

Her notes include detailed color diagrams she has drawn.

“I like to be organized and I like diagrams because I’m a visual learner,” she said.

She’s a vision of speed and deftness on the soccer field where she led Tates Creek to the State title as a junior and to the State semifinals last fall.

As a senior and team captain, she scored 37 goals with 22 assists. She scored four goals and had two assists in the Sweet 16 against Bishop Brossart and had two goals and two assists in a 6-1 rout of Scott County in the Regional Final.

“She has fantastic foot and body control,” her father Shawn said. “She has speed with the ball and great knowledge of the field, which is why she has so many assists.”

As they say in French about her play, “C’est Magnifique!

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