Holding the line back: Owls senior stopper adjusted to intensity of varsity


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Tribune photo by Zach Spicer/ Seymour senior Amy Hehman, left, and Madison's Sydney Studebaker battle for possession during the Sept. 24 match at Seymour.


Among what Amy Hehman likes about playing soccer is how physical the sport is.

“I like the aggressive side of it,” she said. “I like to be annoying to the other players because it gets them all mad and stuff when I try to take the ball away.”

Hehman has been playing soccer for nine years.

“I started playing soccer when I was in third grade, playing in the rec leagues; and then I played on a travel team one year, and Zoe (Cummings) was on my team,” she said. “I just grew to like the sport a lot, and then I did gymnastics and basketball in elementary and then decided to stick with soccer; and I’ve enjoyed it.”

Throughout her career at Seymour High School, Hehman has played defense.

“I play stopper, and I work a lot with Zoe (the goalkeeper) in the back line,” she said. “Playing that spot, you have to have good communication, and you have to be able to tell people whenever they have a man coming behind them or someone coming. Whenever someone dribbles down the line, you have to drop back in and make sure everyone has a mark when we do corner kicks and stay marked.

“You have to be able to read which way the ball is going to go so you know which way to shift. You have to shift toward the center or out toward the side and know whenever you’re going to step toward the ball. You have to make a decision and go with it. I try to catch a lot of balls in the air whenever the other goalie kicks them down the center. I try to step to most of the balls and get them.”

Hehman said she had to adjust to the wind.

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