PROVO, Utah – Freshman Brianna Hatch certainly has the name value that comes with having a highly visible older sister, Ashley. Even though Brianna has followed Ashley to Provo, she’s done it in her own way.
The jumping off point would be the Arizona State Playoffs last winter. Her Highland High soccer team was in the state semifinals. Hatch scored a game-winning goal in the first period of overtime to send Highland to the state title.
Not four days later overtime came and almost went. Hatch found the back of the net with 6.4 seconds left before a shootout would have been required. The championship goal wasn’t as interesting as the time was though.
“The thing I remember most was there were only 6.4 seconds left in the game,” Hatch said. “I scored and they were like ‘There’s only 6.4 seconds left Bri’ and I was ‘Yeah right’ and then I looked at the clock. It was pretty crazy.”
The two goals came four days apart and were “probably the two best moments I had in my life.”
The state championship does give her a little edge on her older sister.
“I do feel like my high school career was better than hers,” Brianna said. “Ashley did win a state championship, but I won two.”
Brianna is used to following Ashley, but has had two years to find her own way while Ashley has been in Provo. Brianna verbally committed to the Cougars the summer before her junior year, which was the first month of Ashley’s time in Provo.
“I’ve just been working even harder, especially since Ashley has been gone,” Brianna said. “I’ve been working harder on my own. I’ve tried playing with guys as much as I could to make me better.”
Now that Brianna is back alongside Ashley the comparisons will return, but she’s ready for them.
“I guess there’s a little pressure, but it gives me more fuel to fire up and just be better and try to be better than her.
“That would be sweet.”