Lindsay Agnew has experienced all levels of soccer, competing on the club, high school, college, professional and international stages.
Traveling the world to play the sport she loves has been a thrill, especially when representing her native country.
A 2013 graduate of Dublin Jerome, Agnew was a member of the Canadian national team that competed in the FIFA Women's World Cup. Canada reached a quarterfinal before losing to Sweden 1-0 on June 24 in Paris.
Although she did not appear in the team's four games, the Kingston, Ontario, native said it was an honor to be a part of the sport's marquee event.
"It was disappointing the way it ended and we had hoped for more, but it was an amazing experience to see all the excitement around the women's game and the World Cup," Agnew said. "There were full crowds in the stands. It was a fun atmosphere and experience to be a part of.
"It was a dream come true to be on the team and I was there to do whatever I could to help the team and support them."
Along the way, Agnew has received strong support from family and friends, including her parents, Gary and Barb, and brother, Brett, who traveled to France for the World Cup.
Gary, who is an associate coach for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League and previously was an assistant coach and interim head coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, recalls the intensity of training with his daughter when she was younger.
"I had to put hockey gloves on at Avery Park and play goal because she would shoot the ball so hard," Gary said. "I thought I was going to break my fingers or my wrists when I made the saves. ... Everybody has pitched in and she's obviously very passionate (about) what she does. She's worked hard at it."
Agnew credits her entire family, but especially her father, for her success in the sport.
"He knows what it takes to get to the highest level," she said. "He's always supported me and given me a lot of advice throughout my career. In his own career, he's been so persistent with so much class and never gives up. For me growing up in that environment, I was really lucky to see that and learn from him."
Agnew was inducted into the Dublin Jerome Athletic Hall of Fame in January. Josh Brader, who coached Agnew with the Celtics, presented her the award.
"That was really special," Brader said. "She's just a special kid. It's very rare you get a combination of elite athlete: She's tall, she's skilled, she's smart, but then she's one of the best people you've ever met, so it's just a very unique combination of a human being."
After a stellar career at Jerome, Agnew played four years at Ohio State before embarking on a professional career with Washington of the National Women's Soccer League. The Spirit drafted her with the 19th overall pick in 2017.
She appeared in nine games with Washington in her rookie season before being traded to the Houston Dash in January 2018 for the third overall pick in the college draft.
Agnew, a defender, started two games for the Dash this season before joining the Canadian team to begin training for the World Cup. She has since returned to Houston to resume NWSL play.
"I'm really enjoying myself (with Houston)," she said. "I love playing in this league. It's a strong league. It's fun because there are people from all over (the world)."
Agnew, who also excelled for the Ohio Premier club for five years, made her debut with the Canadian senior team in March 2017. She also has competed for the Canadian Under-17 and U-20 teams in World Cup play.
"We've had some great trips with Lindsay," her father said. "The last one has to rank up there with the top ones just because it's Paris. She's taken us on a great ride and it's been really fun to watch her play and see the pressure situations and the non-pressure situations. I think she enjoyed the experience and it was really good for her."
Another goal for Agnew is playing for Canada in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. She hopes to receive an invitation to the training camps, which begin in August.
"There's nothing that you could tell me that she would put a goal to that I think she couldn't accomplish," Brader said. "She's just that type of kid. It could be outside of athletics. She just has the unique work effort and once she puts something on paper, she's very driven to accomplish it."