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Temecula freshman commits to powerhouse PAC 12 school


Last updated 4/23/2018 at 1:45am


Holly Hunter, a freshman at Great Oak High School, plays soccer for the U.S. Girls National Camp and the U.S. Deaf Women's National Team. She recently verbally committed to play PAC 12 soccer for the University of Colorado.

TEMECULA – Holly Hunter, a freshman at Great Oak High School, has had an exciting soccer year from being called into the U.S. Girls National Camp, to playing for the U.S. Deaf Women's National Team. Hunter, who is completely deaf and uses cochlear implants to hear, waited until the Easter holiday to share with her family and post on social media that she has verbally committed to play soccer in the top powerhouse conference, the PAC 12, for University of Colorado.

"I am so excited and thankful to announce I have verbally committed to play D1 soccer, and further my education at University of Colorado in the PAC 12! Thank you to all my coaches, Kevin Boyd, Cris Araya, Josh Hodges and the Legends FC Development Academy program for pushing me to be a better soccer player and preparing me to play in the PAC 12," Hunter wrote on social media. "Also, thank you to my family and friends for all the support you have given me over the years! Most of all, thank you coaches, Danny Sanchez, coach Jason Green, and coach Dave Morgan for giving me this opportunity to play for such an amazing school! I am beyond excited to become a Buffalo!"

The University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and Oregon State University were also on her list, but after going on an unofficial visit, the University of Colorado quickly moved into the No. 1 spot.

"I decided to commit to University of Colorado in the PAC 12, because I wanted to play in one of the top soccer conferences in the nation. Colorado has an amazing soccer program that is looking to win the PAC 12 championships and NCAA National Championships," Hunter said. "I hope that I can help contribute to making that goal a reality."

Location also played a part in her decision.

"Colorado's campus is truly breathtaking, with the stunning Flatiron Rocky Mountains as the backdrop of campus, beautiful red sandstone buildings and big blue, blue skies. It's truly amazing! Checked another one of my boxes in my recruiting process after going on about 10 unofficial visits to small, medium and large universities," Hunter said.

Another item on her list was that she wanted to live in a college town. 


Great Oak freshman Holly Hunter visits the University of Colorado, where she has verbally committed to attend and compete. Pictured are University of Colorado coaches Dave Morgan, assistant coach/recruiting coordinator; Jason Greene, associate head coach; Danny Sanchez, head coach and Hunter.

"Boulder has a great outdoor downtown feel, with little shops, coffee shops and foodie restaurants," Hunter said. "There are numerous websites that have awarded Boulder as a Top College Town and National Geographic awarded Boulder, Colorado, as 'The Happiest City in the United States.' (according to an article in National Geographic, Oct. 27, 2017) I know that I was sure smiling when I was there!

"Lastly, Colorado is going to provide me with a great education," Hunter said. "CU offers so many resources to help its students strive to do their best in their classes and majors. I am looking into major in molecular, cellular or developmental biology or neuroscience, with possibly going into the medical field."

While Hunter stands out on the soccer field, Hunter also sports a cumulative 4.0 GPA and holds a board of directors' position for the National Charity League, Temecula Valley Chapter. 

"This organization has given me an opportunity to not only get involved volunteering in my community, but also learn more about how to be a better leader, in my community, classroom and on the soccer field, which I am hoping to bring to the University of Colorado," Hunter said.


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