Kira Hopkins is hopping back into the new season

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Kira Hopkins is hopping back into the new season

Kira Hopkins with teammates during her first tournament back.

Kira Hopkins with teammates during her first tournament back.

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Kira Hopkins with teammates during her first tournament back.

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Kira Hopkins with teammates during her first tournament back.

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Sports can be hazardous, and one Orcutt Academy student experienced this first-hand. Junior Kira Hopkins, thinking it was only a sprain, had separated a bone in her foot while playing in a soccer match against Santa Ynez last season. Following surgery, the junior soccer player had to stay off of her foot for two months, and didn’t play for a total of eight months before returning to the field this year.

When asked about her recovery, Kira stated, “I basically had to relearn how to run properly and kick a soccer ball.” Hopkins also noted how it was difficult seeing other teammates out on the field playing and “not being able to be out there with them.” However, Kira is now playing soccer once again, and has been practicing since December of 2018. After about a month of practicing and fully-functioning on her foot, Hopkins was able to participate with her team in soccer games.

In her two games played this season, Kira has scored 1 point. She’s on track to match her last year’s goal average so far, which consisted of her 8 goals scored in 16 games played.

Hopkins’ injury certainly took a toll on the timing of her return to the field, but her teammates and coaches were extremely supportive of her and encouraged her all the way up till her return.

Hopkins’ fellow junior teammate, Hayden Umphenour, says that Hopkins remains a prominent player on the team because of her strong defensive skills and determination to work hard. Overall, her team is glad to have her back and see her thrive again in the game she loves.

Hopkins has had an intense recovery and will continue to grow as a player. We wish her the best and hope she has a successful rest of her season!

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