Wise looking for strong finish in goal
MHS graduate overcomes injuries, ready for fall season at Lubbock Christian
Hannah Wise hasn't let up in preparing for another college soccer season.
This summer the Midlothian High School graduate is among three goalkeepers on the roster for the Texas Spurs of the Women's Premier Soccer League.
The Lubbock Christian University senior, who played for another WPSL team during the 2019 summer, also is working with a private goalkeeping trainer.
One of five goalkeepers on the Lubbock Christian roster, she is training for her final college season. She started every game the past spring and in 2017 and started most of the time in 2018 and 2019. Her history as the starter is no guarantee, she said.
"We compete with each other," said the 5-foot-9 Wise, named in February as the preseason Lone Star Conference goalkeeper of the year. "We push ourselves."
She has had a winning record during her time in the program. "With my team's support and my coach's support, I think I did very well," she said.
In playing a team-high 1,704 minutes during her freshman season in 2017, she had a 9-7-2 record and 0.90 goals against average. She was the Heartland Conference defensive player of the week after recording three consecutive shutouts and was named to the all-conference third team.
That first year remains a favorite. "I was strong. I was good. I was healthy," she said.
Wise had a 11-5-2 record and 0.89 GAA in starting 18 of the 19 games she played during 2019. She finished with a 5-4 record and 1.11 GAA the past spring.
Even during 2018, when injuries plagued her, she finished with an 8-9 record and 1.12 GAA in starting 17 of the 18 games she played.
That year, she said, she had left elbow surgery in January and right shoulder surgery in December. She had nerve damage in the elbow, likely from years of playing, she said.
The torn ligaments in her shoulder occurred when she landed on the turf after diving to her right to try to stop a shot, which she did. "You've always got to make the save," she said.
Recovery from the second surgery took six months, and it was hard work. "At one point I was three months behind," she said, "and I ended up recovering three weeks early."
Wise cited her improved decision-making and attention to ball skills. "College is fast-paced. Decision-making has to be on point and fast," she said. "The past couple of seasons I've been trying to use my feet more and be more accurate with my kicks, pass with my feet to keep possession of the ball."
Oklahoma Baptist University pitcher Caleb Bly had a 1-0 record and one save in five relief appearances for the Florence RedWolves of the Coastal Plain League. The Ovilla Christian School product had a 0.00 earned run average.
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