Both spent the bulk of their day in the classroom before heading to the soccer field for practice in the afternoon.
Kerri is a science teacher and the girls soccer coach at Creekview High School. Kyli, however, plays for the soccer team at Sequoyah.
Making the rivalry even more intense is that the two schools are one another’s biggest rival.
Rivals on the field, the Schmidts say that might actually help their mother-daughter relationship. Kyli, a sophomore, has been around soccer her entire life, but when it comes to parental coaching, her father, Kevin, provides the pointers.
“She got soccer through osmosis,” Kerri said. “She hears me talk about it all the time, even if she doesn’t talk about it as much as I do.”
Kerri said it was odd coaching against her daughter’s team when they met twice this season.
“I wanted her to do well, but I wanted to win,” she said. “That’s just my competitiveness. But she handled it very well. It was definitely an odd situation because, as a parent, your focus is just to watch your child a majority of the time. But then, your focus as the coach is to watch the entire game.”
Aside from when the teams faced one another — Creekview beat Sequoyah 1-0 on April 2 — Kerri said she was able to see Kyli play four games this season, when Creekview would have the day off.
Kyli’s passion is basketball, but soccer provides a good way to stay in shape during the off-season. She played soccer when she was younger and decided to take it up again last year. This was her first season as a member of the team at Sequoyah.
Kyli said her mother’s role as a coach for an opposing team didn’t keep her from going out for the team at Sequoyah.
“Her being a coach made it a challenge,” Kyli said. “That was part of what I liked.”
Going to soccer games that her mother was coaching, or ones her brother Toby, a Sequoyah senior, was playing has been part of Kyli’s life. She said that helped influence her return to the game.
“I’ve been going to soccer games since I was little,” Kyli said. “Watching everyone else play all those games made me want to play, too.”
Though she doesn’t anymore, Kerri has coached her daughter in the past — when Kyli was 3 years old and then again when she was 15 and a group of her basketball friends wanted to try the sport.
Since Kerri is returning to teach and coach at Creekview next season, and Kyli plans to stick with soccer at Sequoyah, the Schmidt family will renew its rivalry next season.
“That’s the plan,” Kerri said. “She still wants to play soccer and I’ll be back coaching.”
Given the opportunity to play for her mother, Kyli said she would take it, but for now, she likes making something her own. She doesn’t have to worry about people saying that she is only getting playing time because her mother is the coach.
“She has to earn her own way,” Kerri said.
Her daughter agrees.
“I don’t want people to say the only reason I’m playing is because my mom’s the coach,” Kyli said.