Teammates in high school, club soccer, and beyond — as Hinz put it, “we’ve been friends and teammates since forever” — the duo will now be teammates for four more years at Michigan, where Parr made her oral commitment last week.
Hinz knew where she was headed as a junior, but Parr, who said she was also considering some Ivy League schools, only just finalized her choice.
“When I went up there, I met the coaches and the girls and they were incredible,” Parr said. “Academically, I’ve always wanted to go to a great school and it’s a perfect fit for me. I’m looking to go into business and they have a great business school there, so it all just kind of fell into place at Michigan.
While Parr said she occasionally had a question or two for Hinz throughout her decision-making process, both players said Parr’s decision wasn’t influenced by her longtime teammate.
At least not that much…
“I don’t know that I influenced her in any way, but I know that every time I talk about Michigan it’s really positive things,” Hinz said. “She’s super smart, she wanted to go to a great academic school, and I’m always talking about how Michigan has the best of both worlds because it’s not only a great athletic environment, but academically they can hold their own, too.”
Hinz’s first college visit was to Michigan, a place her family knew well and decided would be a good place to start the college hunt.
“My grandfather went there, so early on when I was looking at colleges he kept mentioning Michigan. So I went in my freshman year because I thought it was a good place to start getting used to looking at colleges,” Hinz said.
As the process went on, first visit became “first choice.”
“As I went on, it kind of seemed to fit everything I wanted: I wanted a large school with big athletics and a good soccer team with great coaches,” said Hinz, who says she is considering majoring in kinesiology with an eye on coaching down the road. “It literally had everything I wanted.”
Now, she’ll have a familiar face going with her — two actually, as the girls’ teammate on their Freestate United U17 club team, Danielle Hogarth, who plays at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, will also be headed to Ann Arbor.
“Hopefully we won’t annoy each other too much,” Parr said of Hinz with a laugh. “No, we love each other, it’ll be fun.”
“I think it’s going to be awesome,” Hinz said of playing with Parr in college. “It’ll be nice to have a connection going up there.”
Hinz, a keeper Good Counsel Coach Jim Bruno calls “one of the best in the country,” recorded 53 saves in 15 games last season, also tallying an assist. She’s allowed two goals in three games this season.
Parr recorded nine goals and four assists as a junior, and has two goals and an assist so far in 2013.
They’re among the stars of a loaded Good Counsel squad that also features Duke-bound midfielder Imani Dorsey and graduated two-time All-Met player of the year Midge Purce from a team that took home the WCAC title in 2012.
“It’s such a great experience [to play on a team with such high-caliber players],” Hinz said. “You’re never going to get better if you play with people that aren’t going to challenge you, so playing with people like Courtney and the girls on the Good Counsel team just pushes you to push yourself harder so you can keep up with them.”
NUMBER CRUNCH: 5
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— Despite an unexpectedly delayed kickoff, Good Counsel’s WCAC foe Bishop Ireton knocked off Sidwell Friends Tuesday.
— Here’s the story of how tenth-ranked Walter Johnson field hockey team opened its season with an emphatic win over Bullis Tuesday.
–Read what happened when two area volleyball powers — No. 2 Flint Hill and No. 9 Broad Run — squared off last night…and see it below.
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