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Sometimes, the smallest things lead to big things.

For Miranda Cobbs, being big helped lead to bigger things.

Cobbs, 16, is one of the top goalies in the area. The Riverview junior began her career in goal not because she was clearly better than everyone else - but because she was taller than everyone else.

“When I first started playing soccer, I played AYSO and my dad coached my team,” she said. “At the time I was one of the tallest girls on the team. I was willing to play goalie so my dad stuck me in goal. From then on, playing goalie just clicked for me.”

She has been standing tall ever since.

“When I played in AYSO, it got the ball rolling,” she said of her love for the position. “I began to play goalie for Downriver Rush Select. I fell in love with making the big save and being able to impact a game in that way. I felt at ease in my position, and everything fell into place after that.”

The daughter of Patrick and Nannetté Cobbs, Miranda started in goal last season as a sophomore. She was named the team’s MVP and named to both the All Huron League and All Downriver teams.

As with many of the great ones, there is no off-season for Cobbs. She has been playing for the Canton Celtic soccer club the past five years. The team has had some success playing at one of the highest levels in the Midwest region.

Playing goalie is more than just making the great save.

“I find myself to be strong mentally, and I communicate well with my teammates,” she said, listing her strengths. “My aerial play is strong and I distribute the ball well.”

But there are always things to work on and hard work is part of her resume.

“I need to work on everything,” said Cobbs, who is a big fan of cross fit and works out several times a week. “Nothing is ever perfect. Practice polishes up rough edges and skills can never be too refined.”

The Pirates have plenty of talent from the goalmouth to the forward line but consistency has been a problem. The team played one of its best games on Friday in an easy win over visiting Flat Rock.

“We hope to have a solid season and would love to go further in Districts than we have before,” Cobbs said. “Personally, I hope to strengthen my abilities as a keeper and a leader.”

Also an outstanding student with a GPA of 3.77, Cobbs is keeping her options open when it comes to college.

“I'm looking for a school with a soccer program and with a good chemistry/biology program with classes for health and medicine,” she said. “I'd love to play soccer in college. I hope to become a hospital pediatrician while doing research on the side. I want to be able to make a difference in a child's life.”

So far, she is making a big difference for the Riverview soccer program.

Last Updated: 5/5/2014 11:23:03 AM EST