A graduate of 2015, Franny Cerny's passion for soccer has always been evident. During her high school career, she was touted as one of the best players by her teammates and feared by all opponents. Her senior year alone, she scored 35 goals and had 14 assist for a total of 84 points! She achieved All-CIF First Team, MaxPreps Player of the Year, All-East Bay First team, and was the League Player of the Year.
Going into college, there were high expectations for Franny. As always, she put in the work and let her play do all the talking. Her college achievements include:
2018 United Soccer Coaches All-East Second Team Selection
2018 All-BIG EAST First Team
2018 Preseason ALL-BIG EAST
2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Midwest Second Team Selection
2017 All-BIG EAST First Team
2016 All-BIG EAST Tournament Team
2016 All-BIG EAST Second Team
2016 NSCAA All-Northeast Region Third Team
2015 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
2015 BIG EAST All-Freshman Team
Four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team
"The opportunity to play in Champions League was too hard to pass up"
Franny was always destined for great things in soccer. After college, she looked to continue playing. It was only fitting that she got the opportunity to play professional in her family's native country of Czech. "So I was really interested in continuing to play soccer and so when I was in Czech visiting my grandparents I met with the two top clubs here in Czech to see if they were interested and if we could work something out. They were and I thought it would be really nice to live in my parents home country for a while so then I decided to go with Slavia. I really liked their philosophy, the coaching staff, the girls (I knew some from my time with the Czech National Team) and the opportunity to play in the Champions League was too hard to pass up."
"Unreal and absolutely amazing"
Franny did indeed sign with Slavia Praha. In their Quarterfinal 1st leg game versus Bayern Munich, Franny was on the team waiting for her opportunity. In the 74th minute, her number was called and and a dream was realized. Franny had stepped on the pitch to make her professional and Champions League debut. "I still don’t really know how to describe it other then unreal and absolutely amazing. To be able to get my first minutes and for it to be in such a game was truly unbelievable. And there were close to 8,000 fans so the atmosphere was spectacular and so everything was honestly perfect. I don’t think I could have asked for a better debut."
As someone that is very prideful, Franny certainly does not forget where she came from, as she understood the importance and role high school soccer had on her. She had an outstanding high school career and wore the Jacket colors with pride. "Playing high school soccer, and especially at Berkeley High, definitely helped me develop as a player and continue to play at a high level even when we didn’t have club soccer. People from other states often tell me that their high school soccer was no good and that it was a joke. And so I love to be able to tell them that we were actually very good and that the league we played in and the teams around us were all very good as well. And so playing at a high level even in the off seasons from club definitely helped make me better."
"It goes by faster than you think, so enjoy every minute of it"
Lastly, here are Franny's words of wisdom for current and future Jackets:
"To begin with I would just say enjoy the opportunity. High school soccer is so much fun and I still look back on it with such happy memories. It goes by faster than you think, so enjoy every minute of it. And if you want to play soccer in college or even further then that, I would say never stop working for it. It’s hard work and you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, but if you really care and really want to get somewhere you have to be willing to battle for it. And if you are unsure about if you want to play in college or not, I would say 100% try to because it was so far the best experience of my life. I think at this point we all know how much soccer brings to our lives and so if you can and if you want to, try to keep playing for as long as you can."
Franny has certainly made her community proud. We are all brimming with joy to see what the future has in store for her and other Jackets that are making the world whatever their heart desires! Go Jackets!
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