SV soccer players cheer on soccer mom

By Erika Mahoney

October 12, 2013 Updated Oct 12, 2013 at 12:01 AM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Soccer mom Michelle Zelenyak never thought her kids' teams would be cheering for her.

"She is very high-spirited all the time, so it's sad to see her come down with something," daughter Rosemary Zelenyak said.

The role reversal comes after a big game-changer in Michelle's life.

During the first week of October, Michelle underwent a double mastectomy.

"I still have, probably, some chemo to deal with, and reconstruction, and a long road, but you know, I'm a fighter," Michelle said.

Zelenyak was diagnosed with breast cancer in early September, nearly the same time her kids -- twins who both play varsity soccer for Susquehanna Valley -- embarked on their senior years of high school.

"She is just always there for us, for me, my sister, the team," son Dominick Zelenyak said. "She is just a great person."

"She is an awesome mom, she is a great mom, she does everything she can for her kids," Rosemary said. "She was coming into senior year to be here for me and Dom, for us to have the best senior year ever, so having this happen to her was a setback, but she is positive."

Zelenyak said she couldn't let cancer and her surgery stop her from being on the sidelines.

"I've worked too hard to get here, too, so I was going to be here one way or another," she said.

She said she specifically wanted to be on the field during her twins' senior week, a time when the senior players take to the home turf for the final time and are recognized for their commitment.

Rosemary was recognized on Wednesday and Dom on Friday. Michelle was there for both ceremonies, less than a week after her surgery.

To show their gratitude, the girls and boys teams left their navy and gold jerseys at home and played in pink. Parents and friends followed suit.

"It shows that the character of the team is more about the community, above anything else," player Justin Caroway said.

The boys team also presented Michelle with pink roses and a signed pink soccer ball before her surgery.

"All the support from all the teams and the friends, it's impressive, it's heart warming," Michelle said.

It's a team that's supporting each other, and one that's supporting one of their biggest fans.