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  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Terry Jacoby
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Terry Jacoby
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Natasha Hampton
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Natasha Hampton
  • Playing for the Riverview Pirates, Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawksi
  • Playing for the Riverview Pirates, Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Natasha Hampton
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Playing for the Riverview Pirates, Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers (12) wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Riverview's Kirsten Chambers wrapped up her prep career with 71 goals and 100 assists and was named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team. Photo by Terry Jacoby
Kirsten Chambers put up some impressive numbers during her four years playing varsity soccer at Riverview HS. And it’s hard to argue that after you add them all up she ends up as the best soccer player to ever play for the Pirates.

Calling one the best in anything is a pretty bold statement. So you better have the facts to support such a claim. Let’s go to the facts.

As a senior this past year, Chambers finished with 28 goals and 26 assists for 54 points. The 28 goals tied a school record and the 54 points set a school record. Beyond the numbers, it shows that Chambers distributed the ball just as much as she shot the ball – an indication she was all about the team and not just about scoring goals.

She finished her four-year career with 71 goals and 100 assists. The 171 points and 100 assists are school records. She is only the third player in the state to reach 100 career assists.

Chambers capped off an awesome career by being named to the Division 2 All-State Second Team for soccer. Teammate Miranda Cobbs was honorable mention.

She was a four-time team offensive MVP, four-time All Huron League selection and four-time All-District team pick.

She was named to the All-Regional team twice and was honorable mention All-State last year. She leaves Riverview with five offensive school records.

So, yeah, the best might just be applicable here.

And if you know Chambers or have seen her play you know she is all about the team and she helped the team to an impressive season in 2014. The Pirates finished 12-5-2 overall and 10-2-2 in the Huron League where they finished second behind undefeated Grosse Ile.

The season ended with a tough 6-5 shootout loss to Carlson in a district semifinal.

The daughter of Jeremy and Kelly Chambers, Kirsten first got started in soccer at a young age. She tried all the sports but when she was only 5 years old, something “clicked with soccer.”

“I played AYSO and had a lot of fun running around on the field,” said Kirsten. “Also, I became friends with the coaches’ daughter – Natalie Righetti. Natalie was an All-State player at Trenton until she graduated last year. Her dad saw a lot of talent in us, and a few other players on the team. He decided to start a travel team and I was hooked on playing soccer.”

Kirsten, 18, became so good in soccer because she just loved playing the sport. To excel in something, you have to love it. And Kirsten loved soccer.

“I really like how much soccer is a team sport,” she said. “There is little one-on-one like there is in some other sports. But all 11 players on the field need to work together and be a strong group for the team to have success. I have always viewed myself as a team player and through this, I have found soccer to be very enjoyable and I have been able to have some success.”

As her career numbers point out, Chambers has always enjoyed setting up a goal just as much as scoring one. It’s an unselfish part of her game but also a skill all its own.

“I actually get more satisfaction assisting on a goal than scoring myself,” she says. “I like to see the excitement other players have when they score, especially when it is their first goal. I have been fortunate to have the assist on a lot of player’s first goals in high school, and that makes me feel really good.”

Chambers spent her winters on the hardwood. She was a four-year starter for the Riverview girls’ basketball team and was team co-MVP last year and honorable mention All-Huron League pick.

Chambers, who also ran cross country for three years at Riverview, has played for the Michigan Wolves/Hawks Soccer Club for five years. The club is ranked each year as one of the top 10 clubs in the country.

Chambers, like most great players, is always striving to get better.

“The one area that I know I need to work on is to be even more aggressive and sometimes be a little more selfish,” she said. “Sometimes, I am too quick to make a pass when it would be better to take a shot.”

An excellent student (4.0 GPA), Chambers is ready for her next shot – the collegiate level. .From the first time I went to the Adrian campus, I fell in love with the school,” she said. “It reminds me a lot of Riverview. I really like the small town feel and the small class sizes a private school like Adrian offers me.”

She also will play soccer.

“They were the first school that started recruiting me and none of the other schools I visited gave me the feeling I had each time I visited Adrian,” she said.

While she credits a number of her coaches, including Riverview coach Pete Cano, for her success in soccer, she doesn’t have to look far to find her biggest influences.

“In life, I have to say my parents have been the biggest influence for me,” she said. They sacrificed a lot to drive me all over the place and they made sure to be at every game possible, no matter what they had to do.”

It’s been a fun ride for Chambers.

“This past year was amazing” she said. “In the fall I was elected Riverview’s Homecoming Queen, and this winter I was named a state finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award. I also received the MHSAA Scholar Athlete Award and was presented with the $1,000 scholarship at halftime of the Class C boys’ basketball championship game at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.”

It’s also been quite the ride as a member of the Riverview soccer team.

“Playing soccer for Riverview is definitely a sense of pride,” she said. “I remember when I first joined the team my freshman year and how the seniors talked about what it is to be a Pirate. They said that you always have to play your hardest and leave everything you have out on the field. We have a good tradition of success in the Huron League and Downriver, and playing for a team with that tradition has been wonderful.”





Last Updated: 7/2/2014 5:13:24 PM EST

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