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Smith fills girls’ soccer team with hope

Smith races to the ball during Tuesday's came against Righetti

Smith races to the ball during Tuesday's came against Righetti

G.Lam

Smith races to the ball during Tuesday's came against Righetti

G.Lam

G.Lam

Smith races to the ball during Tuesday's came against Righetti

There was great excitement in the air last Tuesday after the Orcutt Academy High School’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer team tied with Righetti High School. It was an intense competition with fans on both sides anxiously watching as the ball was passed around so fast it was barely visible. Defending for Orcutt Academy was junior Hope Smith, who stood out on the field for her hard to beat reflexes and speed.

Although the teams tied, Smith worked her position as she always does, both defensively and offensively. Each time the ball entered her territory near the goal, Hope fought with her Righetti opponent for possession and was often successful in returning it to the opposite end of the field.

Offensively, it was an exciting time for Smith as she was allowed a penalty kick after being fouled by an opposing player. Hope reported that as she watched the ball soar into the goal, she was in shock.  “I watched the goalie go into the corner and miss it and I was like, ‘Oh my God I made it!’ because I thought it was going over.” It was her first goal in her entire high school career.

Teammate and goalie Ally Britt suggests this humble yet determined attitude is typical for Smith. Britt explained that Smith lessens the pressure of her job as goalie by doing a great job at defending. “Hope never gives up. Even when she gets hit, she doesn’t go down easy. She is always taking one for the team.”  

However, the field is not the only place where Hope is an inspiration. Outside of the game, Britt says Smith has “positivity that is infectious and a way of making everyone around her laugh. She is an amazing teammate and friend…the team wouldn’t be doing as well as we are without her.”

Smith attributes a lot of her knowledge of the sport to her coach, Brian Speer. As a club and school coach of 15 years, Speer has plenty experience with soccer dynamics. He believes Hope could be one of the best outside backs in their league because of her strong work ethic, athleticism, and decision making.

Speer says, “Hope is a leader of the team by her play.  I have never seen her quit on the field, she is an easy athlete to coach and always looks for ways to improve the team.”

By tying with their toughest competition (Righetti) in their pre-season, the OA varsity girls are setting themselves up for a successful season. We’ll have to wait to find out, but with selfless and energetic players like Hope Smith, I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.

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