Everybody loves a sibling rivalry. Even if you do not have a sibling, you love watching the quarrel between two polar opposites as they taunt, push, pull, and in this case, kick each other.
For the Ferrara sisters, nothing compares to the competitiveness each has on a soccer field. These girls combined into one would make the perfect sour patch kid; one is a little sour on and off the field, while the other is sweet.
“She’s more of a tough kind of person on and off the field,” Jacey Ferrara said the difference between her and her sister, Katie. “We’re both pretty competitive when it comes to soccer, but it’s always been her who wanted to win more than lose.”
“She’s a little more emotional than I am in general, and when I see her on the field it does not matter if she’s family; I just see her as another competitor,” Katie Ferrara said.
They have grown up playing with each other in a competitive field, but never against each other.
Jacey has always been known to be a workhorse on the field, spending countless hours on the field during the offseason performing drills, working on her shot and running every day.
On the other hand, Katie has always had a natural God-given talent for soccer without having to work as much as Jacey.
“We played together for two years in high school when I was a junior and she was a freshman she made the varsity team,” Jacey said. “Of course she wins some all-district award as a freshman while I’m over here with the honorable mention.”
When ACU moved up to the Southland Conference in Div. I in the latter half of this past spring, the Ferrara sisters realized they might have a chance to play each other this fall. They will receive a chance to prove who the better Ferrara is on Sep. 20.
The two will meet at our home field dressed in different jerseys, Jacey in our purple and white while her younger sister, Katie, garbed in Sam Houston State’s orange and white.
When each team starts to warm up on the field, the setting will be perfect. Not only will their immediate family be there, but so will their Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and other extended family members there to cheer them to victory.
“I’m probably going to cry,” Jacey said with tears in her eyes.
There will be a mixture of emotions on the fields seeing the other line up across from each other anticipating the blow of the referee’s whistle.
There will be thankfulness with an opportunity to play each other in collegiate soccer for the first and last time.
Jacey heads into her senior season at ACU while Katie is playing her sophomore season at SHS. Jacey does not want to end her last year as an ACU soccer player with a loss to her sister and SHS.
“There will be a competitiveness and fierceness on the field,” Katie said with a determined tone. “I’ll definitely be happy with a win, as I always have, but I won’t let Jacey hear the end of it for years to come.”
“I think we’ll both love on each other after the game, well at least I will, but she will be ticked,” Jacey said as she retracts her first statement.
An interesting advantage that Katie has that Jacey does not have is Katie has seen Jacey and the other girls play. She knows how ACU plays their game and will most likely point out to her Sam Houston teammates ACU’s strengths and weaknesses.
As customary in most sports there is a loser and a winner, but in soccer, you can tie. While the whole family will be there to cheer them both on, the question posed is, “What if there is a tie between the two?”
The sisters were surprised by this question. It’s unlikely they had considered the possibilty of a tie.
Needless to say, neither would be happy with a tie.
As the matchup approaches, the Ferrara sisters will probably have a few choice words with each other to get into the other’s mind, but what is most important is that both are healthy come game time.
So come out to the field to watch as the Ferrara sisters play their hearts out. There will be tears of joy and sorrow, but in a few days after the game the loser might be able to talk to the winner. Sam Houston State is ACU’s first Southland conference opponent set to play 4 p.m. September 20th.