10 Questions with Hannah Kelley

Favorite pregame meal: Spaghetti.

 

Favorite band:  Just today's hits, I don't really have a favorite.


Favorite movie: Pitch Perfect.


Favorite athlete: Mia Hamm.


Favorite and least favorite class: My favorite is probably seminary and least favorite is AP World History.


Biggest fear: The dark.

 

Dream Vacation: I really want to go to the Bahamas.


Dream car: I really like Ferraris. They're super cool.


Favorite team:  Real Salt Lake.


Plans after graduating from high school: Go to BYU and play soccer, then go on a mission for my church and come back and open a school for special education children.

 

FARMINGTON — Farmington High's Hannah Kelley has the Lady Scorpions' soccer team firing on all cylinders as they head into the district season.

Kelley led the way with three goals in two games as the Lady Scorps picked up a pair of victories over the defending 4A champion Albuquerque Academy and 3A/A champion Sandia Prep.

On Tuesday, the FHS sophomore scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Chargers, then added a goal on Friday in a 3-1 win over the Sundevils.

"We were hoping to win those two games to boost our confidence," Kelley said. "It gives me the confidence going into the next games knowing that my team can get the ball up to me, and we'll be able to score."

Kelley's scoring ability is a crucial part of coach Shannon Gill's team game, which has allowed FHS to rise into the 4A top five.

"She's our leading scorer, but without the other girls on the field, she wouldn't be able to get those balls or do ... anything with them," Gill said. "It's a great confidence for the team knowing that she's up there, but it's also put a target on her. So now it's more important for the rest of the team to pick up on that and support her so she can lay some balls off and we can get other girls into the scoring action. It's a team effort and she's the recipient of great balls, then she uses her skills to finish."

Kelley -- who ranks third in 4A for goals with 17 behind only Aztec's Hailey Morris and St. Pius' Tatiana Limon -- has become the primary focus of opposing defenses, and Gill said that opens up opportunities for her teammates to chip in on the goal scoring tally.

"Hannah's willing and able to take on that pressure," Gill said. "Sandia was double and triple teaming her, so if she can continue to draw the other team's interest then it helps us with our offense."

After a difficult non-district schedule, FHS sits at 8-5 and No. 4 in 4A as they prepare for today's district opener against No. 2 Aztec.

The Lady Scorps dropped a match earlier in the season to Aztec at the Albuquerque Academy tournament 4-0, but Gill expects her team to come out with a lot better performance this time around.

"If we come out and play like we did last week then it will be a great game. It's not going to be like the one we had at the Academy tournament," Gill said. "We've played more quality games. Aztec is always tough and always strong. It can be anybody's game."

Kelley is hopeful the tough district schedule will prepare the Lady Scorps as they look to improve on last year's quarterfinal finish and make a deep run in the state playoffs.

"I think that confidence is the biggest thing going forward. We'll play all together and beat the teams we know we can beat," she said. "It gives us the experience we need going into state."

Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577 or jperry@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @jperrysuu.