Rising soccer star dies after collapsing during high school match

Potts was taking a penalty kick when she collapsed during the game on Saturday

Potts was taking a penalty kick when she collapsed during the game on Saturday

Pictured, Rhode Island teen, Maddie Potts who died while playing soccer for her school team, Chariho High School.

A TEENAGE football player collapsed and died while she was taking a penalty kick during a school match.

"Everything that could be done for her on the field was done", Barry Ricci, the district's superintendent, told the news outlet.

Ricci says the Richmond resident was captain of the soccer team, a member of the school's lacrosse team and a top student.

"(She) represented the very best of our school as an artist, an athlete, a classmate, a teammate and a friend", he said.

Counselors were being made available to students and staff Monday. Ricci said Potts was taking a penalty kick when she suddenly went down.

"She was the heart of both teams, always enthusiastic, a great leader, had an unbelievable work ethic and always was a phenomenal teammate", she said. The talented youngster also played on the lacrosse team. She was always there.

"All of the girls, from seniors to freshmen, looked up to her and idolised her. She will be impossible to replace, but we will utilize the energy and spirit and work ethic that she brought every day to practice and games throughout the rest of our season".

Athletic Director Mike Shiels described Potts as "the best of the best" whose "positive effect" on both her teammates and coaches "could never be measured". Our deepest sympathies to the Potts Family and Chariho community.

"She played with intensity and passion, she was intelligent, articulate and well-spoken", he said.

Sun sports editor Keith Kimberlin wrote Monday that Potts's "life was one that was well-lived" and said he hoped others would find inspiration in her as they tried to move forward from the tragedy. "But most of all she was a good teammate".

"It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chariho High School senior Maddie Potts". She always helped the lesser-skilled players at practice and encouraged them in the games'.

A candlelight vigil is set for 7 p.m.to honor Maddie Potts, 17, of Richmond.

In a message to students Mr Ricci called Maddie a "bright light".

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