Ashlynn Serepca wasted no time proving she could be a standout player for the Hough girls’ soccer team scoring 24 goals and dishing out 18 assists as a freshman, earning all-conference, all-region and all-state honors in the process.
But things keep getting better for the Serepca as she was also selected into U16 U.S. National team pool last winter.
In June (2015), the Hough sophomore forward, 15, committed to play college soccer at the University of Virginia.
But while Serepca accomplished a lot in her first year of high school, if you think she is content with what she has done, think again.
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"Last year was a great for me, but I feel even more motivated to come back and do it again this season and hopefully be even better," Serepca said. "I’m never really satisfied, because I feel like there’s always more to come."
Hough soccer coach, David Smith, whose team is 92-5-5 in the last four years, including two, 4A state championships in 2012 and 2014, says Serepca has the potential to one of the best players he’s coached. That list in just six years of the existence of Hough, includes former all-state, All-American like Marnie Merritt (now playing at Ole Miss) and Courtney Carroll (also playing at Ole Miss).
"Honestly, just watching her play for one year, you can already tell she has the potential to be the best player to come through Hough (soccer)," Smith said. "Her skill set is already so high and she has an edge to her game that you don’t see often. But the coolest thing about her is she is very humble. She blended in right with the rest of the girls last year. All the National team stuff and other accolades, she never plays that card. Whatever team she is playing with whether it’s her club team (Carolina Rapids), the U.S. National team or at Hough, she’s just focused on that team, on that training session."
Smith, Serepca and company hope to get back into championship form this season, after Hough failed to make the championship game for the first time since 2011 last year, losing in the second round to Ardrey Kell.
With eight starters back in a lineup that will be loaded with talent, also including forward Alex Denny (High Point University signee), midfielders, Ashley Johnson (UNC Wilmington signee) and Anna Roach (Liberty University signee) and goalkeeper, Stephanie Westway (Clemson commit) to name a few, Hough expects to be a contender again this season.
"I remember watching the Hough girls (soccer team) win it all when I was in 8th grade," Serepca said. "We (2016 Hough team) all want to be a part of that (championship) tradition and win another (title) this year."
Charlotte Observer Girls’ Soccer Players to Watch
Claudia Dickey, Charlotte Latin, So., Goalkeeper: All-state goalkeeper, North Carolina commit allowed two goals last year on the Hawks’ run to a NCISAA 3A state title.
Courtney Walker, Cuthbertson, Jr., Forward: Ohio State commit, all-state forward scored 39 goals to help lead Cavaliers to 3A state semifinals last season.
Molly McGarry, Providence, Sr., Midfielder: UNC Wilmington-bound midfielder back with standouts, Kate Hickson (Charlotte signee), Mia Thilett, to lead reigning 4A state runner-up.
Maggie Wadsworth, Weddington, Sr., Forward: Two-time, all-state forward teams with classmate, Emily Hilliard (Princeton) to lead talented Warriors.
Abby Givens, Myers Park, Sr., Forward: Princeton-bound forward, four-year starter looks to help Mustangs prove they are amongst state’s elite teams.