Athlete Spotlight: SU soccer player Hannah Oakes
Shenandoah University 21-year-old senior
Parents: Ricky and Sharon Oakes
Hometown: Front Royal
High School: Warren County (Class of 2009)
Major: Business Administration
When did you start playing soccer: I started playing when I was 8. Just thought it was interesting and wanted to try it.
What you love about soccer: I like the team aspect and the camaraderie and just being a part of something.
Biggest strength and weakness in soccer: Strength would be just being aggressive. I always mark their best offensive player. I have to be physical and not second-guess myself when going after the ball. Weakness is moving off the ball. If I pass it to somebody I need to keep my run going instead of stopping.
Sport you always wanted to try: Rowing. I like to canoe and just being on the water. I like to watch it in the Olympics.
Most memorable moment in soccer: When we won the conference championship tournament last year (SU’s final season in the USA South). The whole season we had talked about how badly we wanted to get a ring and it was a big build up to it and it just felt great to be able to accomplish our goal.
Most embarrassing moment in soccer: Probably anytime I’ve scored for the other team. It’s usually off set pieces or corner kicks when you try to block it and it goes in. You just feel really dumb and bad for your team, but you just have to try and shake it off.
Favorite athlete: [Former U.S. Olympic soccer player] Mia Hamm because she made the sport famous and gave women more recognition.
Favorite sports team: [English Premier League soccer team] Arsenal.
Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: Mia Hamm, [soccer player] David Beckham and President Obama. Beckham is just really good, and he’s pretty good looking too. And when President Obama was elected it was the first election that I paid attention to and it was a such an historical moment.
Favorite Quote: “Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs... and then that athlete will, because of you, love the game.”
Pregame routine/ritual: We started to sing “Anything Can Happen” by Eli Golden on the bus rides to games after my coach put it on once and started dancing to it to try and pump us up.
Plans after college: I’ve accepted a job with Yancey Forensic Tax and Accounting Associates in Kernstown to be a staff accountant when I graduate.
— Compiled by Kevin Trudgeon