Rachel Price was a former Top 100 standout, WNT youth player and Eckerd College freshman who was tragically killed in an auto accident on Thursday, February 28. The crash also claimed the life of 19-year-old Jamaree Cook. Friend Adriana Rodrigues, who played alongside Price in a Florida summer league, shares Price’s legacy as a competitor who stood tall in the face of adversity.
For Rachel Price, athletic abilities and talent were never to be questioned. The high school Player of the Year and member of the U18 U.S. National team was on her way to an amazing future in soccer.
Her entire career could be summed up by a title she earned as ESPN Rise winter all-star list. A star on the rise and on the road to her dreams, a 47-year-old man accused of drunk driving on a different road took those dreams away before her 19th birthday.
A young woman who had so much potential and such a limitless future ahead of her, has been taken leaving us with the memory of her journey to be retold, her determination to be admired and her story to be remembered.
Rachel’s story inspires each one of us. Being diagnosed with Lupus her senior year of high school, Rachel lost her D1 scholarship and gained an obstacle she’d have to face every day and every time she stepped onto the field.
But that didn’t falter her dreams, her ambitions and the pursuit of her goals. She joined Eckerd College and as a freshman became the youngest player ever to travel on the Tampa Bay Hellenic W-league and WPSL.
Rachel refused to stop before a game was finished; she flirted with danger with every match she played, literally leaving it all on the field. She overcame multiple barriers playing with Lupus, but always played until the very last whistle, never wanting to quit.
Her amazing strength and persistence, her dedication and commitment, her character and her fight will be with her teammates, family and friends in a spirit that will never stop inspiring them, and will never be forgotten.
7/11/94 – 2/28/13