A former Eureka High School soccer player is now making a living playing professional soccer in Australia.
Sidney Allen graduated from Rockwood in 2012. She went on to play college soccer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at Fire and Ice in the Women's Premiere Soccer League (WPSL) in Belleville.
"I played two years with them and it was amazing," said Allen. "Next I found an agency called Soccer Smart in England, and they led me to a team in Australia."
Allen, a midfielder, currently lives in Melbourne and is just beginning her second season with Heidelberg United. In 2018 she played for Boroondara Eagles Football Club in the women's State 1 League. Allen said it's the third-highest division in Australia.
"I did well, on the team and individually," said Allen. "I got noticed by the premier teams and got some trials. On the premier teams, I ended up getting a contract from Heidelberg United for the 2019 season."
While living in Australia, Allen is also pursuing an education.
"I am going to school for certification in personal athletic training," she said.
Allen commented on her Eureka soccer roots.
"I got to play varsity as a freshman," she said. "So I could play with my sister, Lindsay, and older girls, and that really helped with my confidence. I learned size and age didn't matter as long as you work hard."
Allen said she is trying to break into the women's-W League in Australia. She trains with a team in that league as a "train-on."
"I'm an 'extra' player," she said, "to help the team with practices and get them ready for the next game. Hopefully with that experience, I can get noticed by other teams and get a contract for next season."
Soccer preseason is underway in Australia. Heidelberg United kicks off a new season March 21.