TROUTMAN, NC (WBTV) - It was actually some of the male players on South Iredell High School's football team that came to coach Scott Miller and told him Julia Knapp wanted to try her hand at kicking something other than a soccer ball.
"I said 'OK, great. Just tell her if she wants to play to just come talk to me," Miller said.
The Vikings welcomed the school's soccer star on their team with open arms, ponytail and all. Though, the first few days of practice made Knapp question her decision to play.
"When I first walked into the weight room and all the guys knew each other...it was just a really different atmosphere and I wasn't sure how to react to it. It made me doubt and I was like, 'do I really want to do this?'" Knapp said.
Her doubts were soon quelled when she started to prove herself on the football field. So far, Julia is 6 for 6 in extra point kicks and is hoping to soon get a chance at nailing a field goal during a game.
Knapp's mom, Susan Brubaker Knapp, is more than proud to see her daughter carry her gridiron weight.
"The boys on the team and the coaches have all been tremendously supportive. It's also been very gratifying to see how excited the football moms are (they scream like crazy when she runs out to kick), and how thrilled Julia's girl friends are to see a girl on the field," Knapp's mom said in an email to WBTV.
The 5-foot-9 high school senior does not have plans to pursue sports after high school.
"I think I'll mainly focus on academics," Knapp said.
She carries a 5.16 GPA in the classroom, so her talents aren't confined to the field.
Knapp also has a message for other young girls who feel like they can't do something.
"Throw out that stereotype. You can do whatever you set your mind to," she said.