With most of her senior season left to play, Guyer’s Hannah Alspach already has a long list of accomplishments, and she isn’t finished.
The defending Class 4A state championship game MVP led Guyer to its first state title in girls soccer last year and has the Lady Wildcats poised to repeat this spring.
On Wednesday, she took some time to secure her career past her senior season when she signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Auburn, ending a process that began two years ago when she committed to the Tigers as a sophomore. She chose Auburn over offers from Texas A&M, TCU and St. Edward’s.
“It was real exciting when it [the offer from Auburn] happened because it was a relief and stress off my shoulders,” said the senior forward/midfielder. “To not have to wait for college coaches and talk to them anymore was huge, because that’s nerve-racking.
“When I went to the camp at Auburn, I fell in love with the campus and the coaches. It was just perfect. I knew it was the right one.”
Alspach was second on the team last year with 24 goals and dished out a team-high 18 assists. She entered her senior season, her fourth as a starter, with 47 career goals and 33 assists.
Guyer assistant coach Cory Maxwell said Alspach has helped put Guyer soccer on the map statewide thanks to her tenacity and spirit.
“She competes harder than anyone I have ever coached,” Maxwell said. “When she gets rolling she is hard to stop, and the tougher the game the more determined she is. Anytime she has the ball, something good usually happens.”
Maxwell and head coach Kenny Blevins, who was tending to a family matter Wednesday, are hoping Alspach has one more special season in her to duplicate what the school’s football team did and claim back-to-back state championships.
“I’m excited to see what we’re going to do this year,” Alspach said. “Then, I’m excited to leave in June and go to Auburn and try to continue my success and get rings there, too.”