Great Soccer Starts Here: Farryn Townley
Farryn Townley grew up as a self-described “girlie girl” - while her brothers played in AYSO, Farryn cheered for them from the sidelines. Her mother had a hunch that she would enjoy soccer, and signed her up to play. “At first I didn’t really want to play, but I ended up loving it,” Farryn recalls.
A great AYSO experience was the start of a great soccer career for Farryn, now 25 years old. She just finished up her fourth and last season of soccer at Cal State University Northridge (CSUN), where Farryn had record-breaking seasons for CSUN, setting the record for most goals scored in a career at 20 goals. She also tied the record for most goals scored in a single season with nine goals.
Farryn’s start in AYSO positively affected her life as soccer player and also shaped her as a person - she remembers having an amazing AYSO coach, and having a great time with friends and learning about teamwork and the value of working hard for a common goal. Farryn played AYSO soccer in Palmdale, Calif., for several years – on the Stingrays, White Lightning, Pink Pythons and more – and made the all star teams and tournament teams three years in a row.
The senior captain played starting forward for the CSUN Matadors, and after a fifth year, she is hanging her cleats up – for now. “Personally, my years playing for Northridge are a great accomplishment,” says Farryn. “And I’m done with soccer now.” Having graduated with a degree in communications, she is excited to embark on life’s next journey.
She walks away on a positive note, grateful for the happy memories and learning experiences she gained from soccer in AYSO and in college. Perhaps one day, Farryn will choose to return to the game as a player, coach or parent - soccer is truly a lifetime sport.
Without the scores of AYSO volunteers all over the country, stories like Farryn’s would not be possible. Thanks to all who help make it happen!
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