Throughout the 2017-18 high school sports season, we will name a weekly Sentinel Athlete of the Week every Monday night highlighting the on-field performances of some of the area’s best high school competitors.
This week’s athlete is Boiling Springs soccer player Maddie Hughes. During a District 3 Class 2A quarterfinal shutout victory (5-0) against Brandywine Heights on Saturday, Hughes notched a hat trick in the game for career points 199, 200 and 201.
No. 1 Boiling Springs moves into the semifinals against No. 5 Pequea Valley on Tuesday at Lower Dauphin Middle School at 5:30.
Q: Boiling Springs had a strong outing against Brandywine Heights on Saturday. What do you think was working so well for the team?
A: I think we did a really good job of moving the ball around and finding the spaces. We definitely controlled the midfield and won a lot of the 50/50 balls. We all have just really been on the same page during this back end of the season and it’s really showing for us.
Q: During that game you got your 200th career point. What were you feeling when it happened and how are you feeling about it a day later?
A: It was honestly so surreal when I hit that shot. When I saw it go in I was like, “Wow, I did it.” Even today it still doesn’t feel real. I’m just really honored to be able to achieve such an amazing milestone.
Q: Was there any talk about you possibly getting No. 200 in that game?
A: My coach has actually been keeping track this season. I really didn’t even know how close I was until I saw people getting 100 points and I was wondering how close I was to getting 100. When I looked and saw that I was close to 200 I was very surprised. My coach said to me before the game that he believes that I could get my 200th point against them, and my teammates throughout the game kept on encouraging me and telling me that I was gonna get it. Especially my keeper Bekah Becker. At the half I was a little disappointed because I didn’t finish some of my chances, and she came up to me, gave me a hug and told me to play with confidence and that she knew that I could get it. I think that’s what really lit the fire in me and made me able to get that 200th point.
Q: Any nerves during the game for you or the team?
A: With the playoffs, I think there are always some nerves there. It’s win or go home. A one-game season from here on out. I think that definitely makes you a little nervous, especially being in front of the home crowd. But everyone on the team is confident in one another and knows that everyone is going to do what needs to be done to get the job done.
Q: Moving into the semifinals, what are you and the team focusing on to keep the success going?
A: I think we’re really just focusing on playing our game and taking it one game at a time. We don’t want to look over any opponent because obviously with it being the playoffs each team is a good team.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: Soccer is really my whole life. I’m on a club team so I play soccer all year round. I eat, breathe and sleep soccer, and I enjoy every minute of it.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: If I could have any job in the world it would probably be an orthopedic doctor/surgeon. I really love anatomy and broken bones. They way the body is able to move and work just fascinates me.
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: My biggest inspiration isn’t really one person, it’s the entire U.S. women’s soccer team. They go through so much adversity yet still come out and perform each and every game. They just inspire me to give my all every single game and to continue to work harder to be a better soccer player.
Q: Do you have a quote or saying that you live by?
A: One of my favorite quotes is: “Always work hard, never give up and fight until the end because it’s never really over until the whistle blows.” – Alex Morgan.
This is something I really base my soccer game off of because I always give 100 percent of what I have because that’s what my teammates expect of me and deserve of me.