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Soccer star is called up to the US U17 women's national team

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – A young Palm Beach County soccer star just received a major honor as her career continues to blossom.

Football coach Mark Dawson talked about what he thought of Carson Proctor's playing ability when he first saw her play.

“I think she had a lot of natural talent, her stature, her size,” Dawson said.

Combine that with his work ethic and Proctor's game just keeps getting better.

Football coach Mark Dawson talks to WPTV reporter Todd Wilson about Carson Proctor's athletic abilities.

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Football coach Mark Dawson talks to WPTV reporter Todd Wilson about Carson Proctor's athletic abilities.

“She's kind of not afraid … that's important for a goalkeeper because you put your head at people's feet,” Dawson said.

Proctor began playing soccer at age 4. Over the years, she has played for youth teams, for Jupiter High School Soccer, for FC Prime in Sunrise, and was recently named to the U.S. Women's U17 National Team.

“I just got an email saying I'm going to the national team training camp,” Proctor said. “I was really surprised, but there's no WiFi at school. I almost freaked out when I tried to open the email, but I couldn't open it, but I was so excited.”

Proctor sees herself as a student of the goalkeeper position.

“I just feel most comfortable being a goalkeeper,” she said. “I love the pressure that it puts on me, and I feel like the pressure I feel when I'm playing, when everything's on the line, pushes me to be even better than I already am.”

At 17, Proctor has a hectic schedule with school at Jupiter High School, training and a social life. Her father Brian said it's a testament to his daughter's maturity.

Carson Proctor's father talks to WPTV reporter Todd Wilson about his daughter's love of soccer and her outstanding achievements in school.

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Carson Proctor's father talks to WPTV reporter Todd Wilson about his daughter's love of soccer and her outstanding achievements in school.

“It's amazing to me when I see athletes who can balance a very demanding academic schedule and very demanding training and travel schedules,” her father said. “Don't get me wrong, it doesn't come easy for her. She works for it.”

Proctor said all she has accomplished would not have been possible without the support of her parents.

“They know I want to play college soccer, and they know I want to make it to the highest level,” Proctor said. “They're doing everything they can to help me.”

Proctor said she has already decided on a school, not just for football, but also for academics. At this point, she can't say which college it is, but it is an Ivy League school.