WHEN Shanaye Kuntze started playing for Oakville Soccer Club, the seven-year-old never dreamed she would one day show off her skills on the world's fields.
The Vineyard teen, now 16, will do just that when she represents the nation in the Australian all-schools under-19 women's team in the United Kingdom next January.
"I was really shocked and surprised because I wasn't expecting to make it that far," was Kuntze's response to her selection.
"But I was really happy when they said my name and I was picked. Dad was really proud of me, too."
The Hills Sports High student was picked after selectors saw her play for NSW at the Australian titles in Canberra earlier this month.
"I have no idea what to expect, but I'm going to try my hardest," she said of the rest of the year she'll spend preparing.
"It's off-season soon but my school coach is also the Sydney FC women's coach, so he invited me to train with them at the end of the year.
"I'll do my best to keep fit and keep my skills up."
Kuntze is in the Blacktown Spartans reserve and first-grade women's teams and hopes playing in the Australian team will help realise her ambition.
"I hope to make it into a W-League team one day," she said. "My biggest goal is to play soccer for a career."
Alas, her Spartans collectively haven't been as successful as she's been individually.
The Spartans had only pride to play for when they hosted Sydney University at Blacktown Football Park on Sunday.
The teams drew 1-1 in the first round but this time the Students gave the Spartans a 4-1 lesson and secured the last place in the semi-finals.
The Spartans finished sixth in the club championship on 95 points, behind winners the Illawarra Stingrays on 176.