WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Coming off a championship season last spring at Uihlein Park, the Assumption girls soccer team has a challenge that is two-fold this year.
First, as the defending WIAA Division 4 state champs, the Royals will certainly draw the A-game of every opponent.
Second, they have to find a way to account for Mary Sigler’s 90-point season.
That is where junior Jasmine Hunn will come in. A year ago, Hunn was quietly the Royals’ No. 2 scorer with 47 points (19 goals, 9 assists) and she and others will be called on to provide the scoring punch for the Royals.
“Jazz is our top scorer back and she’s a very aggressive forward with good foot skills and a nose for the goal,” Royals coach John Bingham said. “We’re looking for big things from her and I know she won’t disappoint.”
Soccer is a year-round activity for Hunn, but she also spends time on her grandparents’ farm.
Do you feel any pressure being your team’s top returning scorer? I feel a lot of pressure to help fill in the gaps with Mary Sigler gone. A lot of us will have to step up to make up for the offense she gave us. My individual goal this year is to score 30 goals (Hunn had 10 as a freshman and 19 last year) and I want to improve as a team leader.
What will you always remember about last year’s state tournament? All the opportunities I missed. I had three one-on-ones in the title game and I missed all three. I kicked it right at the keeper. I wish I could go back and change that. It was a great experience and exciting that we won.
What do people least understand about soccer? How technically skilled on the basics that you need to be. If you don’t have a good understanding of the basic skill in soccer you won’t improve.
Name a few things that you want to accomplish by the time you are 30: I want to make it through college and have a good, steady job. I also want to have a house, not an apartment. I like the idea of owning a house.
What do you do to play soccer year round? After high school season I go straight to my summer team, the PCYS U-18 Premier team in Stevens Point. We’re playing four tournaments this summer. From August to November league play picks up and during the winter I lift weights to get stronger and bigger.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people: I think people would be surprised to know that I raise and sell cattle. I show them during the summer at the fairs. I usually sell one steer a year and I’ve been doing it since I was 8. My mom did the same thing when she was young. I have a herd of three right now, but I don’t spend as much time helping with the cattle as I should. I usually get to my grandparents’ farm twice a month.
Mark Massoglia can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6736. Follow him on Twitter @markmazzy.
Family: Dad, Tom; mom, Cathy; sister, Jade
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite subject: Math
Favorite athlete: Landon Donovan
Favorite team: L.A. Galaxy
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Pulp or no pulp in orange juice: No pulp
Spring, summer, fall or winter: Summer