Athlete of the Week: Jack Hilger

Humble and inspiring this student athlete knows a thing or two on the field and in the classroom.

Name: Jack Hilger 

Graduating Class: Class of 2012

Team: Hopkinton Varsity Boys Soccer  -  Team Captain

Position:  Center Midfield

Varsity Soccer Stats: 

Freshman – 3 goals

Sophomore – 12 goals

Junior – 8 goals

Senior – 1 goal to date

With his sight set on playing division one soccer next year, senior Jack Hilger reflects on the Hiller’s season opener and how he got to where he is today.

VF   How did the team do in season opener? 

JH   The season opener against Medfield went exactly how we would have wanted. Medfield is always a Tri-Valley League rival. We played very well and worked the ball around the field. We won 1-0, and everyone's pleased we started out on the right foot. The team this year is great. We have many talented players who are skilled on the ball and play with each other well. The team chemistry is great because we have a lot of good players and also a group of really great people off the field. 

VF   When did you start playing soccer and who inspired you to play?

JH   I began soccer in the Hopkinton youth program in kindergarten.  My first coach was my mother, and she is probably the reason I really got into soccer to start with, as she was a soccer player herself.

VF   How much practice time do you put in?

JH   I have put in countless hours of practice over the years in the yard with my parents, brother, or by myself. I practice often with the various teams I've been with as well. I've probably kicked around or juggled a ball every day.

VF   How did you develop your foot skills?

JH   I developed my foot skills from juggling the ball when I was younger. Juggling is so important! I still juggle the ball often but in my younger years I would juggle for hours.

VF   Did you play for the town growing up?

JH   I played with the in town team through fifth grade, and then again in high school.  Over the years I have played with CRU, Tri Valley Eagles, FC Puma, and this winter I will be starting my third season with the New England Revolution Academy. With the Revs I've been rostered with the U16s but I have played with the U18s and even once with the Pro's Reserve Team.

VF   How do you manage your academics and soccer training? 

JH   It’s sometimes difficult to manage the large commitment of competitive sports and schoolwork but it’s doable with focus and discipline. I currently take two AP and four Honors courses.

Wish to tell Jack how you feel about him. Post something in the comments section below. Make sure you come out for the varsity season opener this Friday night vs. Holliston.








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