2012 was the final season for our next Oregon All-Star Roller Derby Team Starter. SoulFearic Acid decided to go out at the top of her game after another great season jamming for the Rose City Rollers’ travel-team Wheels of Justice. In under three years, SoulFearic Acid went from skating like a deer on ice to jamming for Team USA at the Roller Derby World Cup in 2011.
SoulFearic Acid packs a lot of power into a small frame. If a hole in a wall of blockers is not big enough for her to squeeze through, she is usually able to use her powerful, popping hits to make a hole. For anyone unlucky enough to be in a one-on-one situation with her, SoulFearic Acid’s arm-swooping jukes will leave any blocker’s legs tangled. With the second most votes for the Oregon All-Star Roller Derby Team and the outcry after her retirement announcement, it is clear that she will always be a beloved part of Rose City Rollers’ history.
“I’ve always been an athlete, but my main sport was always soccer,” SoulFearic Acid said. “After soccer, I struggled finding a women’s competitive sport that pushed me to a higher level. Once I found roller derby, I felt relieved to find a sport with opportunities to grow and compete nationally.”
SoulFearic Acid added: “For me, the best thing about derby is playing a sport at a competitive level against elite athletes. I thrive on the competition and grit of it all. I love being a part of a team as everyone improves and starts to connect on the track.”
For SoulFearic Acid, the best part of 2012 was how the team came together to be competitive after losing skaters from a 2011 team that went to the WFTDA Championships. “The beginning of the season was probably the highlight- when I started to see the year didn’t have to be a rebuilding year because players were stepping up and playing as a team,” SoulFearic Acid said. “We lost so many players from the previous year, there was talk that we may not even qualify for Regionals. We quickly gelled enough to be competitive nationally, and I’m proud of our team for that. We had a fast learning curve.” With SoulFearic Acid’s help, Rose City had a strong fourth-place showing at the 2012 WFTDA Western Regional Play-Offs, just missing an opportunity to go to Championships again.
In 2013, SoulFearic Acid still plans to cheer on her former teammates. “For 2013, I’m looking forward to watching Rose City dominate. I’m going to work on my high kicks and fist pumps, so I can be the most obnoxious fan out there. I will also be spending a lot of time going to people’s birthday parties and being on time for things.”
For more on SoulFearic Acid, check out these Derbyverse and DerbyLife interviews.
What others had to say about SoulFearic Acid:
“SoulFearic Acid is an absolutely amazing player with footwork and agility that make her a powerhouse at blocking and jamming. She gets through and makes it look effortless and is a key player in any position.” – Screamin Meanie
“I’m not sure if any one jammer meant more to her team’s success than SoulFearic Acid did this year for WoJ. She meant even more than Scald Eagle and White Flight in my opinion. She will definitely be missed in her retirement!” – Thurston Gore
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