Elizabeth Hernandez learned a lot last season by watching.
Hernandez, a senior at Littleton, had an injured groin and sat out most of last season, so this season is a comeback year.
The 5-foot Hernandez has played a big role in the Lions' fast start this season.
“I was injured so I stopped playing halfway through the season,” she explained. “I was going to be out for six weeks. Yeah, for sure, this is a comeback season.
“It's been going really, really good. I just like the new coaches (head coach Andrew Coons and player development coach Alex Rios) and the new style and everything. Not being able to finish the season last year, I've come out harder this season.
“I did learn a lot from the seniors last year. Being on the varsity my freshman year, I have improved a lot. Especially the dribbling. I never really had the courage to dribble in a game.”
In the first three games this season, Hernandez has two goals and four assists for eight points.
`She is our top scorer and one of our best players this season. She is the key player in our attack this season.'
Littleton head soccer coach
Q&A with Elizabeth Hernandez
Who is your favorite athlete?
Lionel Messi. I really look up to the way he plays and how he dribbles and how he can do whatever he wants and controls the game just by himself.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
I think my parents. They have really helped me out a lot in everything I've wanted to do. That has been a huge motivation for me.
What would be a perfect performance in soccer?
Working with my team and just being able to play as a team and win the game.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I like writing a lot, just what I'm thinking and feeling. Poetry sometimes too. I took a poetry class my sophomore year and really liked it.
What are your plans after high school?
I am planning on going to college but not entirely sure where. I'm using this season to determine my next step. Coach Alex has some connections and we've been talking about going out of the country possibly.
What do you think about the U.S. women national team's suing the USSF?
I honestly think women do deserve equal pay. The sport is the same for both genders. I don't see why women should get paid less for doing the same thing as men.
What improvements to you need in your game?
I want to get better with split-second decisions and just try not to think about it right at the moment.
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