Sharis Lachappelle started her college career at the University of Houston, but when her coaches left after her freshman year, she decided to leave as well.
When searching for a fresh start, it was a familiar face that sold her on Texas.
"She spent 30 minutes with coach Mack Brown," Longhorn women's soccer head coach Angela Kelly said. "We left the 30 minutes and she stated, 'Wow, how could I think about going anywhere else other than Texas?'"
Once Lachappelle got on the 40 Acres, Kelly put her right to work for the Longhorns, throwing her into the center midfielder position. The equivalent of the point guard in basketball or the quarterback in football, the center midfielder is in the middle of the action, leading the offense.
"The center mids are said to be the playmakers, so we're supposed to get people in. We're supposed to know the channels that are open," she says. "It's a neat position because you do get to see the defensive side and the offensive side."
Now in her second year with the team, Lachappelle leads all current players in goals for Texas and has been huge for surging the Longhorns in Big 12 play. Last weekend, she scored two goals in three minutes to lead the Horns over No. 23 Baylor.
"She's an attack-minded individual," Kelly said. "She's hard to contain."
And Lachappelle isn't just comfortable on the pitch. Off the field, she's the one keeping the mood light for the team.
"I guess I would be the one who, more times than not, is getting in trouble for doing something stupid or goofing around at practice and not focusing," Lachappelle said. "But it lightens the team up. Someone's got to be that person, so I guess I'll do it."
Its working – the Longhorns are much improved from a year ago and have a chance to win the Big 12 regular season title.
Lachappelle was on the Big 12 all-newcomer team last year. With her impact this season, she's likely to find her way to more conference accolades.