Athletics Spotlight with Sara Rivadeneyra

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Farmingdale State athletic department intern, Sara Rivadeneyra, writes her fifth feature story of the semester. Sara interviewed Daniella Ford, a sophomore on the women's soccer team.

The Road To Recovery - by Sara Rivadeneyra

For athletes, nothing is more devastating than getting injured and being prevented from finishing your season. Unfortunately, Daniella Ford, sophomore goalkeeper for the Farmingdale State women's soccer team, experienced this exact situation.

Daniella was punting the ball and completely tore the ligament in her knee and her meniscus. "Everything just popped in my knee and I was holding my ACL together." Daniella's freshman season was over in the blink of an eye.

"When my injury was confirmed and I needed surgery I felt useless and heartbroken. I played soccer my whole life and to have it taken away from me in a silly way was difficult to take in." Rather than getting completely discouraged, Daniella knew she needed to recover and as quickly and safely as possible. Her recovery time took about 6 and a half months, which she added was longer than usual, but she needed to make sure she was fully recovered before returning. If she were to return to physical activity too soon, it was very likely she would re-tear her meniscus and ACL.

With the help of her friends and family keeping her motivated, Daniella was able to get through this journey. She also said, "knowing that in less than a year I would be able to play soccer again was my biggest motivation. I knew if I worked hard my knee would be at its best and I wanted to be better than I ever was before." After a year of constant physical therapy, visits with doctors, and strengthening in the weight room, Daniella was back on the field by her sophomore season. She was more ready than she had ever been.

Daniella made a statement by becoming the starting goalie for the Rams. She played in 19 out of 23 games and had 3 shutouts throughout her season. Daniella was voted the First Team All-Conference award. She was also named Rookie of the Year. Daniella credited her friends and family for motivating her through her discouraging times, but in reality she was motivated by her teammates and other athletes. She proved that anything is possible as long as you want it enough, but also if you're willing to put in the work for it. Nothing is handed to anyone, and Daniella showed that hard work will get you to where you want to be.