CUMMING, Ga. — Anyone else would call it a struggle, but Allison Hickman mapped out a path to soccer’s elite a long time ago. And, she would remind you, it’s a passion more than a struggle.
The Forsyth County wife, mother, career woman and goal keeper, is competing on a team vying for the championship July 10-14 at the U.S. Adult Soccer Association Nationals in Lancaster, Mass.
At 52, that’s a big deal, right?
“I’m glad you think so, I don’t think anything of it because I’ve been doing it all my life,” Hickman said. “I’ve been playing since I was 12 years old.”
A regular team member in the Georgia Amateur Women’s Soccer Association in Atlanta, Hickman is heavily recruited by teams around the country. She’s played in tournaments on teams from six different states.
In 2017, she was recruited on a team based out of Virginia that captured the gold medal in the over 50 division at the Huntsman Games in Utah.
This year, she was recruited on an over-50 team out of the North Texas Women’s Soccer Association. The team won the regional tournament held last month in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Hickman is one of two Georgians on the squad.
Hickman began her journey on the field as an 8th grader at Lithonia High School. Back then, 8th graders were incorporated into the school as freshmen. Also back then, there were few opportunities for girls soccer.
So, Hickman played on the boys team until the next year.
“I played on the girls team 9th through 12th grade,” she said. “My senior year, we won our region.”
It didn’t stop there.
She played soccer for Georgia Tech from 1984-1988 where she graduated with a degree in industrial management.
Her love of the game didn’t stop after she began raising a family. There’s a joke on the Atlanta team, she said, that lists the players’ priorities: God, soccer, family and then everything else.
Hickman switched to goal keeper a number of years ago after injuries — broken bones and the like — convinced her that playing sweeper was a little too rough for a woman her age. She was mistaken, she said, because now, instead of sliding into other players, everyone slides into her.
But, her specialty keeps her in demand, and she loves the game.
“I have to juggle some times. I still wear my soccer uniform to church, going straight from the service to my game,” she said.
It was true when raising a family, a son and daughter, both West Forsyth High graduates, and while pursuing her career as a CPA. The kids understood and grew into successes of their own.
Son Andrew Hickman, played three sports himself, graduated from Georgia State and is now working for Ernst Young as a consultant. Daughter Holly Hickman graduated from Kennesaw State and is a freelance social media marketer and owns her own company called HollyLolly, LLC.
Allison’s husband, Michael, is a real estate agent with Keller Williams in Cumming.
The U.S. Adult Soccer Association Nationals run July 10-14 with each team playing a full game each day for five days.