MERRILLVILLE | Danielle Tazic just doesn't know.
Coach Tony Pagorek calls the freshman the future of Andrean soccer, even if she doesn't realize it just yet.
"I don't think she knows how good she is now and how good she's going to be," Pagorek said. "When I saw her step on the field for the first time, it was one of those exciting moments for a coach that you don't get very often."
Tazic has provided a few more exciting moments this season, to the tune of seven goals and five assists through five games for the Times No. 10 59ers. It's been a while since Andrean has had a player with the ability to create goals in bunches like that.
"My first game I was a little nervous, playing against seniors," Tazic said. "Within the first game, I realized it's just like playing any other game."
Tazic deflects praise. Outwardly, everything is about helping the team.
"I want to continue getting better," she said. "I want to keep trying to score and helping my team out as much as I can."
"She's a very caring kid," Pagorek added. "Whenever you have a conversation with her, you feel like you have her undivided attention."
Pagorek said that personality translates to the pitch, where she gives teammates and the game that kind of attention. Tazic is dialed into the current play, a trait Pagorek says is rare in a ninth grader. It's to the point that coaches have to pull on the reins from time to time in practice.
"From the moment she's on the field, I can tell that all she's thinking about is soccer," he said. "With a lot of other girls, you can have distraction about what's happened during the day or something else."
"This is her release, what she's really looking forward to at the end of the day."
Tazic has been plans to be get her release at the expense of area defenses for four more years. And maybe, even if it doesn't appear that way at first glance, she kind of likes it.
"She definitely is a gritty player and has a little more fight to her that what may be on the surface," Pagorek said.