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 East Pennsboro girls soccer player Hannah Young. Young came into the season on the brink of breaking the school’s scoring record among boys and girls. The record sat at 158 before Young went on a tear.
The Panthers went 3-0 during the stretch last week and, during that time, Young notched six goals and four assists. She broke the record during an 8-0 win against West Perry on Saturday with four goals and two assists for a career total of 160 points.
Q: You came into the season knowing that you could possibly set the school’s scoring mark. What were your feelings and thoughts about that when the season started?
A: Going into the season, I knew I was close to the record, but breaking it wasn’t my main goal. I was just focused on winning games and getting a little better each game as a team. I knew if we could just do that, all the other individual accomplishments would eventually come.
Q: When you broke the record on Saturday, how did you find out and what went through your head?
A: Going into the game I actually didn’t know how close I was to the record. It wasn’t until halfway through the game that my coaches told me I was only two points away. Luckily, my teammates set me up nicely and I was able to get two quick goals in the second half to break it. Obviously I was super excited, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of teammates and coaches to share the experience with.
Q: The team is currently 8-0. What do you think led to the success so far?
A: I think a lot of it has to do with how experienced we are as a team. A lot of us have been playing together for at least a few years now, and we’ve all been able to develop a good chemistry.
Q: Anything you and the team are trying to do to keep that success rolling?
A: Like I said earlier, we’re just trying to get better every day — we can’t ever be satisfied with our last performance.
Q: Any teams you really like playing against?
A: Honestly, I just like playing against any good competition. If I had to choose just one team I’d probably say Trinity. They’re our biggest rival and it’s always a tough game.
Q: Are there any pro soccer players you look up to?
A: I really like watching Allie Long. I have learned, and continue to learn, so much through watching her play. She also has an incredible work ethic — she has persevered through adversity and proved so many people wrong throughout her career.
Q: Do you have any hobbies outside of soccer?
A: I really spend almost all of my time on school and soccer. When I do get some extra time, I just like to spend it relaxing with my friends and family. If it’s the winter though, I love going snowboarding with my sister.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, what would it be and why?
A: It would be a professional soccer player. What’s better than getting paid to play the game that you love against the best competition in the world?
Q: Who inspires you the most in life?
A: A lot of people have inspired me, but the most impactful is definitely our honorary captain, Ashlyn Brysiak. She has been through so much at such a young age throughout her treatment for leukemia. She fights so hard every single day and does it all with a smile on her face. She has come so far and has become even stronger over the past year. She inspires me everyday to be better, push farther and work harder, on and off the field. I love you, Ash!