Isom, who starred at Cobb County’s Lassiter High and has been the goalkeeper for the LSU women’s soccer team for the past four seasons, will continue a two-day tryout Wednesday. She tweeted about her first day’s performance Tuesday:
“Good 1st day of tryouts. Great initial height & good accuracy, just need a little more power from distance. Time to rest up & prep for tomorrow!”
“It’s hard to sleep when you’re living your dreams.”
LSU Coach Les Miles told the NOLA.com website that he didn’t see Isom kick Tuesday, but will be briefed by assistant athletic director Sam Nader.
Miles is expected to announce a decision on Thursday.
Isom tried out during spring practice and failed to make the team, but Miles promised her she could try again in the fall.
Isom, 22, has a tough task in front of her, trying to beat out Drew Alleman, a second-team All-SEC kicker last year. But her goal is to get a roster spot and become only the fourth female to score in a college football game.
Isom says she regularly makes field goals from 50 yards, but realizes the odds are long. It would be “naïve of me not to realize the odds are stacked against me”, Isom told NOLA.com.
“What I can control is going out there and performing the best I can perform and leaving the decision up to the coaches, if there is a strength they see (in me) that would contribute to the team,” Isom told the Times-Picayune website. “That’s how I would want it to be. I don’t want to be handed anything because I’m a girl trying to play a man’s sport.”
Still, the prospect of making the team pales in comparison to the other challenges she’s faced in life. Isom credits her Christian faith for helping her overcome an eating disorder, her father’s suicide and a 2010 wreck that left her with cracked vertebrae and broken ribs.
As a goalkeeper, she holds LSU’s all-time record with 43 wins, including 30 shutouts. At Lassiter, she was 40-9-1 and was named the AJC Player of the Year her senior season.
She’s also LSU’s homecoming queen.
You can follow Isom on Twitter at @MoIsom.