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Kicker stars in California play

Aris Putman, of North Hudson and playing soccer for Robert Louis Stevenson School in Monterey, CA, is shown being pursued by defenders of another California team. Photo submitted

North Hudson resident and premier-level soccer player Aris Putman was pictured on the sports-section cover of the Monterey (Calif.) Herald on Feb. 2.

Putman was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Robert Louis Stevenson School in Monterey. She made what was called a difficult decision to spend her senior year away from friends, Hudson High School and family to gain challenging college-preparatory curriculum experience.

Making such decisions is not new to Putman. She ventured to club soccer competition in the Twin Cities when state athletic rules barred her from playing for both her high school and a club team.

During her short time on the varsity women's soccer team at Hudson High School, as a freshman, she led in scoring and assists. Now, as a forward and center-midfielder on the Stevenson women's soccer team, she again leads in those categories despite playing with an injury.

Coaches and opponents have taken note of her competitive spirit, toughness and breakaway quickness.

Her team has a 6-2-1 record and will likely make it to league title contention, the first time the school has advanced that far in years.

She has been sought after by several universities for academics and to play soccer, although she has not yet picked a school.