By: Paul Slobodzian
Article previously ran in Game Day Coweta Magazine: March 2016 Edition
Tehgan Anguilm, Newnan High School senior, has starred on the NHS Varsity girls’ soccer team since her freshman year and has already made plans to continue her soccer career at Columbus State University this upcoming fall.
She began playing soccer when she was six years old. She decided on soccer because it’s “what my parents put me in because I didn’t like cheerleading or any other sport.”
Having played club soccer at a high level and at NHS for the past three springs, Tehgan remarked on the stark differences in the degrees of competition.
“Club soccer is a lot faster,” Tehgan said, “and all the girls want to improve. High school [soccer] is just for fun.”
Tehgan plays for the Concord Fire Soccer Club out of Atlanta and the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) division. She plays defense for her club teams and midfield for Newnan, but she stated that she enjoys playing midfield a lot more.
One of the many difficult aspects of soccer that the average person may not be aware of is challenges of playing both club and high school soccer over the course of a calendar year.
“Playing the different skill levels,” Tehgan stated, “and going back and forth between club and high school [soccer]” is the most difficult thing.
Tehgan enjoys the support from her parents, and her biggest professional role model is Carli Lloyd, 2015 female soccer player of the year and United States Women’s National Team midfielder.
“[Lloyd] is the focal point of the U.S. national team’s success, especially when she scored a hat trick in the women’s World Cup,” Tehgan said.
Tehgan not only dominates on the soccer field but also excels in the classroom. Her transcript is evidence of her being a dual threat on and off the field, clearly showing a heavy load of AP and advanced courses.
Her schedule consists of AP Computer Science, AP Calculus AB, Vietnam and advanced British Literature. Tehgan mentioned, however, that her favorite course in high school was U.S. History.
As graduation and college loom, however, Tehgan’s focus remains in the present but also shifting toward her future. She is excited to play her final high school season as well as compete against both of Newnan’s soccer rivals, East Coweta and Northgate, for the last time.
While the rivalry games already provide a definite level of excitement, Tehgan is also enthusiastic about beginning her college soccer career and looks forward to playing at a more rigorous level.
Tehgan explained she is ready to “be with the team every day, because we have practice every day. I’m looking forward to the games.”
With aspirations of becoming a pharmacist, Tehgan plans to study and major in chemistry while at Columbus State.
Spare time does not arise much during the life of Tehgan Anguilm, but when she gets the rare opportunity, she likes to travel, which she only does now when it involves soccer. She looks forward to being able to travel more often in the future when she has the time.
Tehgan hopes to continue her success both on the pitch and in the classroom as she ventures south to represent Newnan High School and the Cougar spirit at Columbus State later this year.