Salina's own Adrianna Franch celebrates her World Cup championshipPosted:
Salina's own Adrianna Franch celebrated the World Cup championship Wednesday in the ticker tape parade in New York City with her team.
Franch spent her day in New York City among cheers from the crowd for winning the 2019 Women's World Cup. Her road to get to this point started at Salina High School South, with her coach Trey Crow.
"To see her from when she was in high school it's just an amazing experience," Crow said. "To see her and celebrate her success on the field, at the pro level and now at the national team level and at the highest level winning the world cup."
Crow has coached soccer at the school for 15 years, and coached Franch for three years in high school. She was a multi-sport athlete and tore her ACL playing basketball, so she missed her senior season. Before that she was an all state goalkeeper all three years and an all-american as a sophomore. She also holds the record for most shutouts at her school, according to Crow. They practiced at Bill Burke Park, in the southeast part of Salina. Crow said when he first saw her play he knew she would be great right away.
"She just had that quality about her that not a lot of players come in with and you could tell right away with her work ethic, with her effort on the field, her mentality that she was going to be a special player," he said.
After recovering from her injury, training on those fields got her on traveling teams and eventually Oklahoma State University, where she also holds a school record for shutouts, with 36th most in NCAA history according to ussoccer.com. Now, she's worked her way to being a part of a team that's won four out of eight World Cup's since 1991, Wednesday celebrating back to back championships for 2015 and 2019.
Coaching her where it all started is something that Crow said he will never forget.
"It's a once in a lifetime chance for us high school coaches," he said. "Especially in the middle of Kansas, we don't have a whole lot of professionals coming from here but she really stepped up and she wanted it from the time she was a little girl and it shows."
Franch resides in Portland, Oregon where she plays for the Portland Thorns as a part of the National Women's Soccer League.