Call it a college career: Truckee grad plays final soccer game for Tufts University
The Sierra Sun tracked down Tufts University womenandamp;#8217;s soccer coach Martha Whiting recently for a Qandamp;A about one of her four-year players andamp;#8212; 2006 Truckee High grad Whitney Hardy. Hardy just finished her senior season with Tufts, a competitive Division III school in the New England Small College Athletic Conference, located near Boston. The womenandamp;#8217;s soccer team won its conference quarterfinal before losing in the semifinal round last Saturday to Williams, the top-ranked D3 team in the nation. Hardy walked on to the Tufts soccer team her freshmen year and quickly earned a starting position. She went on to start the rest of her college career, and served as co-team captain the past two seasons.SS: As a freshman at Tufts, you said players called Whitney andamp;#8220;Truckee.andamp;#8221; Did that nickname stick?Coach Whiting: andamp;#8220;The name Truckee stuck for a couple of years. Every once in a while someone will call her Truckee. My assistant coach, Brie, still always calls her by that name.andamp;#8221;SS: Describe Whitneyandamp;#8217;s role on the team the past four years.Coach Whiting: andamp;#8220;Whit came in as a freshman and was a really nice surprise for us. She has great technical ability and a great understanding of the game. She has been a major contributor to our team for four seasons. As a freshman she started quite a few games and played regularly. It was the same story her sophomore year. As a junior she started every game and this year she has started every game so far. She is having her best season yet this year as our leading scorer and the second-leading goal scorer in the conference. She has been a great leader and role model for the younger players.andamp;#8221;SS: What would you consider her biggest strength?Coach Whiting: andamp;#8220;Whitneyandamp;#8217;s biggest strength is her intensity. She possesses amazing skill and vision and sheandamp;#8217;s really embraced the attacking mentality of a forward. But truly her intensity and passion for the game make her a better player. She is such a competitor and plays her heart out every time she steps on the field, whether itandamp;#8217;s in practice or a game. Thatandamp;#8217;s something that canandamp;#8217;t be coached and itandamp;#8217;s what sets certain players apart.andamp;#8221;SS: Describe what itandamp;#8217;s been like to coach her.Coach Whiting: andamp;#8220;It has been a true delight to coach Whitney for four years. I wish I could have her for about 10 more! She goes above and beyond whatandamp;#8217;s asked of her, she is a great leader and sheandamp;#8217;s fun to be around. Itandamp;#8217;s been really cool to see her grow up from a shy and quiet freshman to a two-year captain and leading goal scorer on our team.andamp;#8221;SS: What will you miss most about Whitney?Coach Whiting: andamp;#8220;There are so many things Iandamp;#8217;ll miss about Whit that itandamp;#8217;s hard to pinpoint just one. Whitney isnandamp;#8217;t just one of my players. At this point, I consider her a friend … one that I will dearly miss when she graduates.andamp;#8221;
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