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Falcons Women Soccer Crew to Play Last Residence Match

Thunder Mountain senior soccer women (l-r) Isabelle Hansen, Sarah Heaton, Ann Steinman, Bella Hanna, Macey Fuette, Ellie Knapp and Samantha Dilley. Not pictured is Kaylani Tupou. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – The Thunder Mountain Excessive College Falcons women soccer staff will host its last house recreation of the season tonight, with a send-off for its seniors earlier than play begins. The staff will honor its senior gamers at roughly 5 p.m. on Falcons Area, earlier than enjoying Juneau-Douglas.

  The Falcons seniors commented on their pandemic seasons – of shedding a 12 months to no play and uncertainty this 12 months round scheduled occasions – the place they are going to be subsequent 12 months, and what they might change, wanting again, on their careers.

  Isabelle Hansen will attend Reed School in Portland, Oregon, majoring in psychology. Her favourite meals is mac and cheese, favourite film “Discovering Nemo” and favourite e book “The Story of Despereaux.”

“From this COVID 12 months I suppose I picked up actually simply how a lot I loved soccer,” Hansen stated. “It sucked to overlook final season and it sucked that I used to be gone for a 12 months and it’s very nice to be again out on the sphere.”

Mentioned Hansen, “I’d say I simply hope I’d be higher ready for what the pandemic was. A whole lot of it form of jumped itself on me and I wasn’t actually prepared for any of it. I knew what sort of to anticipate, that it will be distance and quarantine and all of that however the quantity of smaller particulars that I form of simply missed at first as a result of it was simply all new, I needed I actually hadn’t achieved that as a result of I needed to determine these out loads later and it made it a little bit more durable.”

  Sarah Heaton will likely be attending Montana State College in Bozeman, Montana, pursuing a level in nursing. Her favourite meals is enchiladas, favourite e book “The Outdated Man and the Sea” and favourite film “Tangled.”

“From this 12 months I discovered how devoted our staff is,” Heaton stated. “And the way vital with the ability to play is even by means of all the tough circumstances.”

  Mentioned Heaton, “For college, I’d admire extra in particular person faculty, and for soccer I’d possibly begin it earlier so my footwork could be higher.”

  Ann Steinman will attend Boise State College in Boise, Idaho, finding out psychology. Her favourite meals is pickles, favourite film “Fools Gold” and favourite e book “Divergent.”

  “This 12 months I actually appreciated the very fact of a staff sport,” Steinman stated. “As a result of figuring out and every little thing over COVID, you simply miss that complete staff and everybody round and all of the staff bonding. It’s simply actually vital to be concerned.”

  Mentioned Steinman, “For my highschool profession I don’t suppose I’d change something. I feel every little thing we went by means of, even with COVID, was a very vital studying expertise. Like being so remoted and every little thing, you study loads about your self. I had a good time all through highschool, made plenty of buddies by means of all of the sports activities so I wouldn’t change something.”

  Samantha Dilley will likely be attending Western Oregon College in Monmouth, Oregon, working towards a level in secondary schooling. Her favourite meals is avocados, favourite film “The Pocket book” and favourite books are “Dr. Seuss.”

  “All through the COVID-19 pandemic I discovered that coming collectively as one is admittedly vital each by means of faculty and thru this staff,” Dilley stated. “And I’m simply actually happy with our staff for working as onerous as now we have to get to the place we are actually.”

  Mentioned Dilley, “After wanting again at my 4 years of highschool, I feel I’d in all probability remind myself extra that life is admittedly quick, form of stay for the second. I feel I form of acquired caught up in enjoying three sports activities on a regular basis and being a scholar that I acquired actually wired so I’d remind myself that it doesn’t should be so aggravating.”

  Macey Fuette goes to take a spot 12 months to work and journey. Her favourite meals is tacos, favourite film “Priceless” and favourite books are the sequence of “Harry Potter.”

  “I’m happy with this staff as a result of we’re all actually onerous employees,” Fuette stated. “Even final 12 months going into the season, we put loads into it and simply to return again and put much more into it this 12 months I used to be happy with us.”

  Mentioned Fuette, “I let stress take over a whole lot of my highschool profession so I’d inform myself to let issues go and simply know that every little thing goes to fall into place it doesn’t matter what you do.”

  Bella Hanna will likely be attending Gonzaga College in Spokane, Washington, to main in nursing. Her favourite meals is all kinds of picnic meals, favourite film “Dan in Actual Life” and favourite e book “The place the Mountain Meets the Moon.”

  “I feel I discovered loads about resiliency,” Hanna stated. “This 12 months now we have seen that we will get by means of the onerous stuff and nonetheless come out on the opposite aspect. I feel that has actually bonded our staff as a result of now we have all been by means of it.”

  Mentioned Hanna, “Type of like Macey stated, don’t sweat the small stuff, simply form of like, let life come at you and simply form of transfer on from it. But in addition I’d say to be extra of an advocate for myself and never simply attempt to please individuals always.”

  Ellie Knapp will likely be attending the College of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, to review finance and worldwide economics. Her favourite meals is pho, favourite film any of the “Harry Potter” motion pictures, and she or he is a large reader so a favourite e book is tough. Her final e book was “Daughter of the Pirate King.”

  “I feel this previous 12 months I’ve actually discovered loads from our staff’s willpower,” Knapp stated. “And simply to form of reiterate what Bella stated, resiliency. Any time we have been capable of have a follow the staff was so devoted, all of us got here out. I feel John (coach Newell) was saying that that is the largest quantity of individuals now we have had present as much as all our preseason practices and every little thing and that’s simply so spectacular to me.”

  Mentioned Knapp, “If I might give myself one piece of recommendation it will in all probability be to embrace who you might be and likewise simply cease caring what different individuals take into consideration you as a result of when you do this life simply will get much more attention-grabbing, and you’re feeling much more comfy in who you might be and every little thing works higher for you.”

Thunder Mountain coach John Newell stated this was his final season with Thunder Mountain.

  “I don’t suppose I might have requested for a greater group of women,” he stated. “I’m proud to have been capable of coach them and particularly happy with how they play and conduct themselves each on and off the sphere. If this group is indicative of our graduating class, then our future is in good arms. I want them effectively and am assured they are going to do nice issues of their lifetimes.”

  Following are his feedback on every senior:

Ellie Knapp – “Ellie is one or our captains and half of the infamous Ell and Bell duo (Ellie and Bella). She is in her fourth season with TMHS the place, as a freshman she shortly moved right into a beginning varsity midfielder place. Along with her onerous work and management of the ball she has turn out to be an integral a part of the staff by conducting play by means of the midfield. My favourite transfer of hers is when she dribbles round in circles till her opponents get dizzy then she takes off in a unique route. We will definitely miss her on the staff subsequent 12 months.”

  Isabella Hanna – “Bella, the opposite half of the notorious Ell and Bell duo, has been a mainstay of our exterior midfield play…although I nonetheless suppose she would make an awesome centerback. Lol. In her fourth season with the staff she has developed into an attacking winger that’s continually supplying harmful crosses within the attacking third. My favourite reminiscence is from our final journey to state the place Bella scored the successful purpose to place us within the semi-finals. Her interview with the native TV information outlet was epic! We are going to miss her happy-go-lucky perspective and her pace on the skin subsequent 12 months.”

Isabelle Hansen – “Izzy is in her third 12 months with TMHS as she took a 12 months off for the alternate program. Since her return she has continually put within the onerous work at follow to turn out to be a participant that I can comfortably put in any place on the sphere. Her optimistic, can-do perspective is contagious. Even once we requested her to take a shot at a goalkeeper place her response was “Positive, I can do this”. My favourite reminiscence of Izzy is when she scored nearly from midfield in Wasilla that gave us a 1-0 win. The smile on her face was priceless. We will definitely miss her optimistic perspective and onerous work subsequent 12 months.”

  Sarah Heaton – “Sarah is in her fourth 12 months with TMHS and has labored onerous to turn out to be a beginning exterior defender for the staff. Her fixed playful perspective, dance strikes and musical choice at all times hold the staff in an awesome temper. My favourite reminiscence is of her and her sister competing in a drill that required contact. This shortly became a full on deal with soccer drill. We are going to miss Sarah’s vitality and her playlist subsequent 12 months.”

  Ann Steinman – “Ann is in her fourth 12 months with TMHS and has turn out to be a midfielder that’s comfy patrolling the middle of the pitch each offensively and defensively. Though she is nearly as tall as me now, I nonetheless bear in mind her from her elementary or center faculty soccer days the place the jersey she was carrying hung right down to her knees. We are going to miss Ann’s cheery perspective on the staff subsequent 12 months.”

  Sam Dilley – “Sam got here to us from the basketball program and has quietly turn out to be a stand-out purpose keeper for the staff. She has labored onerous in follow to transition from an athlete who would make response saves, to a keeper who now is aware of learn how to be in the proper place on the proper time. My favourite reminiscence from Sam was this 12 months towards JD the place she snuffed out a breakaway by one in all their forwards. The staff went loopy when she did that and it made for some nice photos within the information article. Sam will likely be an enormous loss for the staff subsequent 12 months.”

  Macey Fuette – “Macey is our staff captain and has achieved extra for this staff in 4 years then I’ve area to say right here. From organizing the protection to organizing the staff gear orders. From speaking on the sphere to speaking the schedule to the staff. She has put in additional time behind the scenes than I can depend and has been the epitome of a real staff captain. I can’t thank her sufficient for all of the onerous work she has put in. Of all of the memorable issues she has achieved on the sphere, my favourite reminiscence is off the sphere, the day I advised her I needed her to be captain of the staff. The look on her face was that basic, are you loopy, look. It seems to have been an awesome name. We will definitely miss her each on and off the sphere.”

Kaylani Tupou – “Lani is in her fourth season with TMHS and has labored herself right into a ahead place. Her onerous work, sly smile and nice perspective at follow makes her enjoyable to be round and to educate. My favourite reminiscence from Lani is when she does her flip throw-in and the group sees it for the primary time. The ooohs and aaahhhs once they see her toss the ball to the middle of the sphere immediately pump up the group and the staff. We are going to miss her vitality and flip throws subsequent 12 months.”

Thunder Mountain senior soccer women (l-r) Bella Hanna, Samantha Dilley, Ann Steinman, Sarah Heaton, Ellie Knapp, Macey Fuette and Isabelle Hansen will likely be honored tonight earlier than their 5:15 p.m. recreation at Falcons Area towards Juneau-Douglas. Not pictured is Kaylani Tupou. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

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