“I’m taking on a bigger role than ever,” he said. “It’s really Sarah Van Antwerp and I back there with the underclassmen. We had to step up. I switch between outside defender and sweeper. We are the last line of defense. There is no room for mistakes. I also try to push the ball up and create as much offense as possible.
“The thing is I am actually a quieter person. But when I get on the field, I try to talk a lot more. I have to be loud out there. I am taking on a leadership role on and off the field and trying to set a good example.”
Matson said that Hunt has stepped up in fine fashion.
“She has been a starter for three years, but she has really stepped up on the field and in team meetings,” her coach said. “She has always been a very knowledgeable player, but now I see her directing the team and stepping up, which is exactly what we needed.”
And when all else fails, Matson also knows that Hunt will always be there to settle the situation.
“She understands how the game is meant to be played,” Matson said. “She plays calm even when play is chaotic. She calms us down and gets everyone to play calm around her. She is a student of the game who plays all the time.”
A standout student who is currently enrolled in Advanced Placement English and Latin, Hunt — who is considering playing at a Division 3 college — is unsure exactly where her soccer career will go after high school. So she hopes to make the best of her final high school season.
“At the beginning of every season, we make a list of goals we want to reach every season,” she said. “Last year, there were 50 goals. We want to beat Central Catholic and Westford Academy. Winning the MVC title is also something we always strive for. Then, we want to go as far as we can in states.”