Soccer player

Huntingdon soccer player wins gold medal with USA Women’s National Deaf Team

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Erin Cembrale has been on the go since she was little.

“I used to run into walls and stuff,” Cembrale said. “So my mom took me to the doctor and said ‘What’s wrong with my kid? “”

The doctor suggested Cembrale try football. Since she was three years old, Cembrale has been dribbling a soccer ball. She grew up playing trip and ball in high school and eventually ended up at Huntingdon College. Cembrale, now a senior, just experienced what it was like to win a gold medal, but it wasn’t with the Hawks.

Cembrale joined the United States Deaf Women’s National Team in 2021 and in May the team won gold at the Deaflympics in Brazil. In the final against Poland, Cembrale scored a goal to help the team win the match.

“We all went for a run,” Cembrale said after the game went to a penalty shootout. “We were all like a sacred cow that we had just won.”

Cembrale got her first hearing aid at 6 weeks.

“Certain sounds would scare me and stuff,” Cembrale said. “My siblings would be like yeah you’re deaf.”

But that didn’t stop her from achieving her goals. The biggest adjustment Cembrale had to make while playing for Team USDWNT was removing his hearing aid.

“I’ve never played without my hearing aids, so I was kind of like…I don’t know what I’m supposed to do right now,” Cembale said.

But Cembrale said she eventually got used to it and liked not hearing the noise while playing.

The USDWNT team has won gold in every Deaflympics since 2005 and has never lost an international match. That’s just another reason Cembrale says you should pay attention to what this team is doing.

“We all have a great story behind us, we’re all very inspired and all that, so I think more people should pay attention to us,” Cembrale said.

She will travel to South Korea in May 2023 to compete in the World Cup.

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