Former BYU soccer player Ashley Hatch excited to become professional



Hatch’s hard work paid off. She was a key member of a state champion soccer team in high school, and was the runner up for the player of the year in Arizona. There she received an offer to play for BYU. At college, her continued. She finished her senior year a 2016 first team All American and helped BYU reach the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Hatch placed third in the NCAA in goals. Hatch was on track to lead the nation in goals until she took a two week hiatus to moonlight for the USWNT. Last October, she got her first cap at Rio Tinto Stadium in a friendly against Switzerland. Hatch called the experience awesome.

“I remember my first practice ever, I hated it,” Hatch said. “I thought you could just run wherever and chase the ball, but at age 8 they actually had positions and so my coach would say you have to stay inside and wait for the ball and I was so confused. I remember going home and telling my parents, ‘I don’t want to play soccer.’ It took some time to get good. I was fast though, and that really helped, and I would just try to run faster than everyone else. But my dad really worked with me to get good ball control and getting useful feet. My first season I didn’t score a single goal and I definitely wasn’t a natural. But I worked really hard and my second year I scored a bunch of goals and thought it was so much fun. It wasn’t from day one that I thought ‘oh, soccer is my destiny.'”

“I’ve always dreamt as a kid about how cool it would be to play professional soccer,” Hatch said. “But you always hear so many people putting that kind of dream down. In the back of my mind I always wanted to play professional Cheap Jerseys from China
soccer and I didn’t want it to slip by me and not trying hard and having that possibility come up and regret not working hard. It’s always been a dream of mine, and that’s why draft day was a dream come true for me. I am really glad that I believed in my gut feeling and kept working hard.”

“I would just say to fans,” Hatch said. “That whatever they want to achieve they can, but, if they want it, they have to put in the work. It’s not fair to want something and not put in the work. If they want to play for BYU, great, play for BYU, but you have to put in the work now and put in the extra work and the extra sprints, the extra touches, and sometimes it’s not fun, but if it’s what you really want you can make it fun. Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t ever let anyone tell you you can’t do anything.”

“It’s bittersweet leaving BYU,” Hatch said. “I will miss it a lot and I will miss a lot of my friends and teammates. Playing soccer at BYU I learned that life is a journey and you can make it what you want it to be. You can go full in and continue with that journey with a positive attitude and work through things or you can take the negative side and want to back off and because you are scared of what’s going to happen. I am excited to leave though and bring a little bit of BYU with me and hopefully show the world how great BYU is through my actions or what I do away from BYU.”

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