St. Charles North, Jr., Girls Soccer
Why she was selected: Had a goal and assist in Wednesday's win over Geneva and followed up with strong performance at Tournament of Champions over the weekend
St. Charles North girls soccer junior Hanna Durocher is playing some of her best soccer of the season as the postseason approaches. Last week, she scored a highlight-reel goal and had an assist in North's 4-1 win against Geneva, then notched an assist and supplied "great energy" – according to coach Ruth Vostal – throughout North's Tournament of Champions run in Iowa over the weekend. Durocher, the Kane County Chronicle-St. Charles Bank & Trust Athlete of the Week, spoke to Chronicle sports editor Jay Schwab about the Iowa trip and more. The following is an edited transcript:
How was the trip?
It was a lot of fun. It was more fun I guess this year maybe because I got to play more but we had a ton of fun and got to learn a lot about our team and more about each other so that was good for us.
What do you consider your key to playing well? When you're really on, what are you doing to make that happen?
Just recently I talked to the coaches and from their point of view, they think it's in my preparation. So game day routine, I guess everyone has their own thing. There are things I do to get myself ready, maybe get some extra sleep, try to get a nap in, obviously try to drink a lot of water, things like that. Just focusing on small things the day before the game and maybe leading up to that.
If you to pick one teammate to help you with some difficult homework, who would it be and why?
Probably Alyssa Brandt or Kathleen Murphy. They're both in I would say the [hardest] classes and very successful in those classes, and I have an AP class with Alyssa and she helps me out a lot. And they both know how to time manage very well and get things done and prioritize.