It’s not a moving story — the one about Glenbrook South senior soccer star Cassidy Price and her unique pet.
It’s a moo-ving one.
Price and her father — Todd Price, director of Historic Wagner Farm in Glenview — invested in a cow in 2010. They named her Buttercup, and she’s set to make an appearance at a Titans soccer team pasta party on May 4.
“My teammates absolutely love her,” says Price, who has been involved with 4-H since the age of 4. “When they see Buttercup, they feel good instantly. She’s really friendly and calm, and she stays still around people. Because of [her quiet demeanor], she’s great around kids with special needs.
“Buttercup,” the quad-captain and center-back adds, “knows more of my secrets than anybody else does.”
What’s not so secretive in soccer circles: Price’s ability to dominate from her slot on defense.
Price is, in essence, the anti-Buttercup as a soccer player.
“Cassidy is a pit bull,” says Titans soccer coach Seong Ha, in his 11th season at the helm. “Nine times out of 10, she’ll come up with the ball when it’s near her, and the one time she doesn’t she’ll work like a dog to get it. The center-backs we’ve had at Glenbrook South have been fabulous, not only as players but also as players who pass the torch.
“Cassidy,” he adds, “is an all-in type of player who is helping us with the development of [sophomore center-backs] Katie Sullivan and Katie Gates.”
Price displayed her indefatigability throughout the fifth-place match of the North Shore Invitational on April 15, thwarting move after move from Stevenson forwards in Glenbrook South’s 4-2 win at New Trier’s west campus in Northfield. The result improved South’s overall mark to 8-2. Price’s all-out hustle and superb positioning — as well as her follow-me and listen-to-me leadership style — in front of Titans goalkeepers Libbie Vanderveen and Maude Tarbox proved to be a fruitful mixture.
Two springs ago, as a sophomore, Price had to endure a barren varsity season. The FC United club soccer player suffered a torn ACL during an indoor practice session in the preseason. But she served as a team manager from start to finish in 2015 and then earned all-Central Suburban League South honors as a junior last spring.
“I learned a lot while sitting and watching in that season,” says Price, who will play Division III soccer and major in clinical health science at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. “I’ve always loved the intensity and physicality of soccer, but I was no longer as wild and as super-crazy aggressive in the season after the injury. You know what? I was still able to win more [50-50 balls] than I had as a freshman, while not being a stupid-aggressive player.”
The Glenbrook South-Stevenson match ends last weekend. Price holds a dripping bag of ice, to be applied to the right ankle she had injured in the second half. It had appeared to be the kind of injury that would force a player to seek immediate treatment. Not Price. She stayed in, gutted it out … for the final 18-plus minutes. There was a lead to protect and a defense to organize.
As she exits the pitch in Northfield, a contingent of fans beyond an entrance — about eight, all with smiles — waits to congratulate her.
A happy Price high fives several of them as she heads to catch up to teammates and coaches at the spot where the team bus will arrive.
“Those are some of my 4-H friends,” says Price, who works at the front desk, serves ice cream and coordinates birthday parties at Historic Wagner Farm. “Many people in 4-H have been major influences in my life. It’s a special organization; you get to be around animals, learn about animals, work with special people. It’s also an organization that likes to give back.”
One of her major influences in 4-H has been a woman named Olivia. Another, Stephanie, is getting married in October.
Among the members of Stephanie’s wedding party?
Notable: Glenbrook South’s other win in the North Shore Invite — a 2-0 victory — came against Hinsdale Central on April 8. … In the Titans’ 4-2 defeat of Stevenson in the invite’s fifth-place match on April 15, sophomore forward Makayla Stadler scored twice and assisted on junior Jessica Peters’ goal. Senior forward Lily Sands, one of four Glenbrook South captains, tallied the final goal on a penalty kick with 6:08 left in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Grace Evans contributed an assist, and sophomore Libbie Vanderveen (no goals allowed) and senior captain Maude Tarbox combined for the victory in goal. Glenbrook South led 1-0 at the half — after Stevenson had gusty winds at its back for the first 40 minutes of the match. Stevenson scored twice in a span of just over a minute to tie it at 2-2 at 14:10 of the second half. Nearly three minutes later, Stadler halted Stevenson’s momentum with her second goal of the day. Late in the second half against the Patriots, Titans sophomore defender Katie Sullivan covered considerable ground to break up a scoring chance. … Senior center-back Cassidy Price and senior midfielder Callie Pekosh are serving as the Titans’ other two captains this spring.