On Monday night, September 22, 2014, at the Zionsville Youth Soccer Complex, located at 5604 S 700 E, Whitestown, IN 46075, the Zionsville High School Lady Eagles Varsity Soccer program will honor one of their own.
In a ceremony fitting for an individual whose extended family was her ZHS Lady Eagles Soccer teammates, Rachael Fiege’s #14 number and her ZHS soccer jersey will be officially retired to honor her life and her love for soccer. Rachael passed away on August 22, 2013, only her second day on campus as an incoming freshman at Indiana University, after sustaining an undetected traumatic brain injury.
According to ZHS Varsity Soccer Coach Ramon Aguillon, “For the first time in the history of the program a ZHS soccer number and jersey will be retired.”
While this honor is unprecedented, Rachael’s passion for soccer started when she was just five years old and never wavered. Rachael enjoyed playing the defender position for Zionsville High School, being selected to play for the Indiana Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) State team, and also playing for various club teams throughout her career.
Coach Aguillon went on to say, “We plan to have a 5-10 minute ceremony at halftime of the Lady Eagles Varsity game against Brebeuf to honor Rachael for her positive impact on the Zionsville soccer program. Rachael embodied everything we want our High School players to aspire to be making the retirement of Rachael’s #14 jersey and her #14 so significant.”
Both Coach Aguillon and Greg Schellhase, Zionsville High School Athletic Director, will present a plaque to Rachael’s parents and brother, Rick, Angi and Jeremy Fiege, signifying Rachael’s honor of being the first inductee into the ZHS Women’s Soccer Hall of Fame, along with her framed pink #14 jersey. They went on to say that the retirement of the #14 will be for ALL High School Lady Eagles Soccer teams. Her #14 pink soccer jersey was especially important to Rachael, because it stood for Breast Cancer Awareness, a cause she championed. Rachael’s framed #14 “pink jersey” will be placed on displayed at the Zionsville Soccer 875 Athletic Facility.
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