You're not gonna find a lot of World Cup skill on this field today, but if there was a gold medal for energy you'd find it right here.

92 degrees means nothing to a 7-year-old. What matters here is that black and white ball winding up in the goal.

"I like to play and scoring goals..."

Just like their sort-of big sisters did on the World Cup stage, or here at Lipscomb for a recent practice, superstar Megan Rapinoe posed for a picture with Annie.

Success sinks in, even when you're seven.

The coaches here have already witnessed it.

"These girls seeing them on world stage, [it's] very empowering to them and sets the belief that maybe they can one day be there too."

Soccer is the second-fastest growing sport in the country.

"I really enjoy kicking the ball around and scoring."

"I thought if I keep practicing, and kicking, then I might wind up being one of those people."

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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