Right now, Chico High girls soccer goalie Hunter Casperson is somewhere on the pitch, studying, or doing something. She'sed to juggle like no one else and all of her hard work is paying off. Action News Now's Ross Field joins us with more.
That's right! This senior has developed into a soccer superstar and a spectacular student. She had a big week of pitching shutouts and securing A's and that's why Casperson is this week's Subway Scholar Athlete.
Hunter Casperson has been the starting goalkeeper for Chico High School since her freshman year.
"Being goalie particularly I love. I say you get to fly because you make those saves where you're full out in the air, stretched out as far as you can and I just think that's so fun. A lot of people think it's like a really stressful position to be in but I've just played it for so long that I'm really used to it," said Casperson.
Perhaps her calm presence in goal was on display more than ever before last week when she helped the Panthers pitch shutouts in victories over Red Bluff and rival Pleasant Valley.
"PV was fun, that was definitely a great game and I was thrilled that it was a shutout. Maisie Berens is the goalkeeper for PV and we've been best friends for a very long time so it's funny because she'll make a really good save and I'm like 'oh no we didn't score,' but then I give her a thumbs up from the other side of the field and it's like the other way around too, so it's really fun to play her, but in terms of just Chico victories, it was a definitely a good week," said Casperson.
But, Chico has been celebrating victories quite a bit this season.
They're the leaders in Division-I with a 12-1 record and they're the top dog in the Eastern Athletic League with a 4-1 mark.
Casperson has allowed just five goals in thirteen games.
"In the back you're in a commanding position and I definitely do try to help my team out as much as I can, but I honestly feel like everyone on our team is a leader, veryone wants to win and everyone is going to do what we need to to do so," said Casperson.
Casperson is a year-round player. She travels to Sacramento two-to-three times a week to play for club teams. Even though she gets home late on some school nights, she still maintains a 4.3 GPA.
"I just do my homework and I don't ever blow off an assignment and that's honestly the easiest part about it," said Casperson.
In her spare time, if she ever has any, Casperson likes to give back to the game that's given her so much by serving as a goalkeeper coach for the next generation.
"They're super-cute because there's different personalities and I've never got to work with that before. There were you know the 7 year old's who are running around super crazy and then you're like 'okay guys let's focus' and then they're so into it, it's so cute. And then there's the few who you know are going to keep playing the game and want to go far. It's really fun to get to be a part of it and I definitely hope to be doing that in the future," said Casperson.
And she also hopes to continue her academic and athletic career at Chico State.
She's Chico High's Hunter Casperson, our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.