Members of Shattuck-St. Mary’s Girls Soccer Center of Excellence received quite a surprise on Tuesday morning, as Chicago Red Stars standout and member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Julie Ertz stopped by to visit the program.
The girls reported to the Dane Family Fieldhouse at 10:30 a.m for what they believed to be a practice session before Ertz entered shortly thereafter and the teams quickly gathered around her.
Following a few group photographs with SSM players, Ertz engaged in a lengthy Q&A session before sending the players off with an emphatic Shattuck-St. Mary’s team huddle break.
Ertz, who starred as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team that won the 2015 Women’s World Cup, is in the area for Super Bowl week. Her husband, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will take the field on Sunday in pursuit of Philadelphia’s first Super Bowl victory.