Football Kicker: 'I know they're gonna think I can't do it because I'm a girl'

Football Kicker: 'I know they're gonna think I can't do it because I'm a girl'

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by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 6:38 PM

MONROE, N.C. -- In many football games, the outcome could come down to one kick.

"Special teams can win and lose games," said Sun Valley head coach Paul Hall.

And at Sun Valley, that's no different. Well, except for the person doing the kicking this season for the Spartans.

"I walked towards the field and I could see the footballs going through," said Hall, "As I got to the fence, I said, 'they have a pony tail.' To be honest with you, it's different for me."

But after tryouts, there wasn't anyone better than senior Kiersten Peck.

"I know they're gonna think it’s weird, and that I can't do it because I'm a girl," said Peck, "But they're just going to have to watch and see."

Peck, who also plays soccer at Sun Valley, certainly doesn't lack confidence.  And she proves herself each and every day in practice.

"She's the most accurate, so we're fine with that," said Hall.  "When it's time for her to do her job for her team, that's what she'll do."

And just because Peck may be a female, she definitely didn't expect to cut any corners playing a male-dominated sport.

"I get chewed out whenever I miss it, I get praised whenever I do well," said Peck, "I'm basically one of the guys."

“Kiersten is an athlete and that's how we treat her," said Hall.

It hasn't always been easy though, especially getting used to having huge lineman charge you during the game.

"It is kind of nerve-racking knowing they're coming and trying to dive for the ball," said Peck, "But I just have trust in everyone around me."

And her teammates are putting that trust right back on her, knowing that when the game is on the line, she'll come through.

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