Jaynie Snaza controls the ball during a recent non-league game. Snaza has scored 21 goals this season and has the potential MVP in the Trico League this year.
If you talk to Castle Rock Head Soccer Coach Brian Ziese, the conversation for Trico League Soccer MVP is moot. He says Rocket senior Jaynie Snaza is a no-brainer for the label.
Trico League coaches have to take note. As of this last week, Snaza has scored 21 goals this season, but this is a story about a lot more than a young woman playing soccer.
Snaza has watched her team change a lot since playing as a freshman.
"The most significant change I really noticed was from my junior year to senior year because the team we had last year was an older team," she explained. "It was full of seniors and juniors."
That team made the playoffs, but Elma ended their brief run. This year, she and team captains Mattie Williquette and Tessa Hensley are coaching up the younger contributors to the Rocket soccer program.
"She is a great leader for us," said Coach Ziese. She has been really stepping it up with the freshmen a lot for us this season."
A perceptive mind can taste the desire in Snaza's words.
"It's sad to know that we wouldn't be getting that full team back this year," she said.
The Rockets are in the thick of the Trico League race with big games coming up against Kalama and White Salmon this week.
With Senior night on Tuesday, Snaza is looking at her last soccer game at home.
"I only play one sport at CRHS and that of course is soccer," she said. "I've always thought about playing other sports, but I could never get myself to pursue them because I knew I wouldn't love them as much as I love soccer!"
Snaza says that there are a long list of fans, mentors and motivation producers in her life. This list includes parents, coaches and former coaches through 13 years of soccer.
"I've been so privileged to get to experience all different ways of learning this sport by so many different coaches," she says.
Not to say Snaza is one-dimensional in her life. She is now in her second year of Running Start at Lower Columbia College and possesses a 3.94 grade point average. Her plan is to be finished with her high school career in credits at the end of this quarter so the next two quarters will be all about work towards her associates degree.
"My plans for the future are definitely to finish a bachelors and hopefully a masters in nursing," explains Snaza. "I want to go into the medical field."
Perhaps fickle is not the correct word, but Snazza admits that she values learning and reserves the right to follow her bliss.
"There are so many areas to study in that I'm probably going to change my mind a couple more times," she said.
As for college, the opportunities are lining up.
"I plan on going to a four year university somewhere," she indicated. "I've been really interested in St. Martins in Olympia because they have a really good nursing program. They also have a soccer team that I would love to play for! It would be amazing to be part of something bigger coming from a small town."