By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– It was the icing on the cake on the eve of her Senior Year of soccer starting. North Marion’s Mya Hammack made it official Sunday afternoon on a homemade indoor basketball court, signing her Letter of Intent to play soccer at Division-1 New Mexico State University.
Signing on the dotted line, surrounded by friends and family, one of the state’s best midfielders put pen to paper in making her dreams a reality.
“It’s really such a relief and exciting, I really felt like I’ve been working up to this point my whole soccer career. This has really been such a blessing to be able to sign, especially with all the Covid and all the craziness. It’s been good to finally put it down paper to sign,” Hammack said following the signing.
“It’s once again a blessing to be actually being able to play (this year). Even though technically there’s no Championship with OSAA, all the girls on the team are going to put everything out there because it is our last season. Our last chance at anything, so I know on Monday everyone is going to be out there ready to go at it.”
It was a unique situation for Hammack as the Huskies began practice for their March 2 game at Corbett. With Division-1 teams not allowed to have ‘official’ visits, Hammack and her dad took it upon themselves to check out the campus in Las Cruces, New Mexico about three weeks ago.
“I love the campus. I love the weather there and one of my favorite things about the campus was that the football field, the soccer field, baseball, the softball field, they are next to each other so all the sports are together so it’s a great culture,” Hammack starts.
“I’ve spoken to the coaches, they’re actually good friends with a couple of my club coaches. I just got great vibes from Rob Bart, he’s the Head Coach, and everything about it was perfect when I went. They got my major too, which is great.”
Hammack is planning on majoring in Biology, with a pre-Health Medicine minor which she is going minor in. Hoping one day to be a pediatrician down the road after her playing days are over.
“I’m going to get my bachelor’s degree in science, go to med-school. I love kids…I love the medicine side of things, I hope it all works out,” said Hammack.
It’s weird to think about too as Hammack wraps up her signing Sunday, she is the third North Marion Huskie Girls Soccer player to be taking their talents to the collegiate level. Joining Dani Christenson and Hailey Welch from the Class of 2021 to say they are going to be collegiate athletes beyond this year.
“It’s really great. It really shows how much work everyone has put in and I’m so glad that both Dani and Hailey can continue their soccer journey because that’s all we want to do. Try to get better and keep playing,” said Hammack. “It’s just great and it’s really awesome to see my teammates succeed.”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald