CATCHING UP WITH SENIOR GOAL KEEPER RANDI HAFELE
COMMERCE, Texas – Senior Goal Keeper Randi Hafele finishing up her final season with the Lions gives us some perspective on the life as a goal keeper. Hafele has been starting in goal for the Lions for two seasons, and has two single season saves records under her belt.
The Lions had a bit of a rough patch for a little bit, and as of lately you have become difficult to score on what is the difference?
We were struggling with communication a lot in the back, but we figured it out and we have been talking a lot in the back and it solved a lot of the little problems we were having. We have been more aggressive and have been winning balls, and we have had a lot more of a drive to win because we realize what is at stake.
What attracted you to play for Texas A&M-Commerce?
I heard about the honors college which was a big draw for me. I got a scholarship from the honors college so I came up here to visit, and I watched the girls play and they played great so I talked to the girls and it just clicked. Meagan Monroe is who I remembered the most on my recruiting trip. We are still very close we were like a pack in the back.
What is your approach to leadership?
I'm there to support the girls and remind them that chances like this don't come around very often. Some younger players do not understand that there is always a chance that there may not be a team this great after this season, or this could always be their last chance to play to win something. I try to keep just keep them motivated to play their best.
Most memorable game you have played for the Lions?
I really remembered the Central Missouri game when we played in the NCAA tournament my freshmen year. I didn't play in that game, but we just played together as a team and it was just a rough game. Central Missouri is always a tough team to play even when we played them this year, but we always seem to give them a good fight.
What is your personal rival in the Lone Star Conference?
I really dislike playing West Texas A&M. I hate going there it is a long drive and the field use to be awful. Now, they have turf but they use to have a torn up field. They were a tough team and it is always a massive competition.
What advice do you have for younger players?
Go out there and play for your team mates and play for yourself. Play every game like it is your last game because it could be. Just have fun because it goes by fast and definitely make it a memorable experience.
How has Coach Piper impacted you as a player?
He definitely makes you toughen up, and definitely has a heart for the game. Sometimes you do not agree with what he wants, but what he wants is usually right. Once you take a look through his eyes, you realize he plays very smart and plays to win.