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Athlete of the Month: Karly Hopper

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Hopper has been shooting goals on the soccer field since she was four years old.

Hopper has been shooting goals on the soccer field since she was four years old.

Photo Courtesy of Karly Hopper

Photo Courtesy of Karly Hopper

Hopper has been shooting goals on the soccer field since she was four years old.

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Name: Karly Hopper

Grade: Sophomore

Sport: JV Soccer

Years Playing: 12

 

Achievements: “Last year, I won Top Dog for soccer, offensive player of the year and scored eight goals in the season. I have also been team captain for the past two years. Currently, this season I have scored ten goals.”

Favorite Moment: “My favorite sports memory is this year when our JV team won the Best of the West tournament. We all worked really hard, and I think our team came together and really connected. It was a super big achievement, and we were all really proud!”

Sports Inspiration: “I don’t really have an inspiration because I have been doing it so long that it just seems natural to me…I remember when I was really young and first starting out with soccer. I read a book about Mia Hamm, and that’s who first got me really passionate about the sport.”

Favorite Part about Sport: “I enjoy the team aspect the most because you become really close with the team, and I have been playing [soccer] for a really long time, and it is just the thing I am most passionate about.”

Balance and Time-Commitment: “You can’t always go out and stuff, and you can’t do things because of soccer, but I think it’s worth the time commitment….I think I just have a good system going. I know when I have practices, and I know when I have to get something done, so if I have to get something done I always do it before.”

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