As a redshirt freshman last fall, Shelby Hogan immediately made an impact with the Providence College women’s soccer team. Starting all 20 games in goal, the Bishop Feehan grad compiled a 10-7-2 record with a 1.05 goals against average. She ranked third in the Big East in shutouts with seven.
Hogan was the conference’s co-Freshman of the Year. She earned an invite to the US Soccer U20 women’s national team training camp.
But according to Providence coach Sam Lopes, her biggest growth is not reflected in any statistic.
“When you are someone in a position like a goalkeeper, like being a point guard or quarterback, you need someone who’s going to be a leader from that regard,” said Lopes. “You can’t just be one of the best players, you also have to be able to do your part with the group in other ways. She’s had so much growth.”
In 14 starts this fall, the sophomore from Franklin has an 8-4-2 record while posting a minuscule 0.69 goals against average and .872 save percentage . On Monday, she was honored as the Big East’s Goalkeeper of the Week after registering shutouts against St. John’s and Marquette. The first college athlete in her family, Hogan and the Friars will be back on the field Sunday against Georgetown.
Q: As the only athlete in your family, what inspired you to play soccer?
A: I have an older brother (Tyler) and sister (Hailee). I always wanted to go outside and play sports. I would always go in the yard and play catch with my dad (Jim) or brother. I never wanted to be inside doing anything. I was always outside playing with the neighborhood kids playing sports. I always had that competitive spirit where I just wanted to play and wanted to win. I would do whatever it took.
Q. And why be a goalie?
A. In youth [soccer], I was playing on the field and in goal in the younger age groups. I had a coach who told me to pick either goalkeeper or the field. In that position (goal), I liked playing big and making big saves to keep your team in the game. I just really liked what the position was all about. I like taking some risks and being brave in some things and it represented my personality well.
Q. Big East Co-Freshman of the Year. What’s next?
A. That accomplishment was all thanks to the team and coaches, that’s how I was able to get that award. I just want better for the team this year. I just try to do the best in my position to help the team to succeed.
Q. Where is your favorite place to eat in Providence?
A. That’s a hard question, probably Pane E Vino . I only go when my family comes. It’s on Federal Hill. I get the lobster ravioli. I’m not very picky, I like a lot of food.
Q: What did the U20 Training camp teach you?
A: I think going into those camps, there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s a good pressure. You just want to go in there and represent your school and do everything you can to the best of your abilities. I feel it just helps prepare you because you’re playing against the best, especially in goal. There is no hiding from anything. You just have to go out there and play big and pay attention to the small details.
Q: What’s the hardest class you’ve taken at Providence?
A: Probably Western Civilization. That’s a hard one, everyone has to take it. It’s a mixture of history, philosophy and theology. It’s a lot of reading and a lot of hard work. There’s some difficult topics and info. You have to take it your freshman and sophomore year.
Q: Biggest motivation at Feehan?
A: I feel the whole community at Bishop Feehan really pushed you to succeed. Everyone had your back in all aspects and I feel that has also carried over to Providence, just the community as a whole. Just wanting to do well for the school and be a positive representation of who you’re playing for.
Q: Can you explain the similar community between Bishop Feehan and Providence?
A: I feel it’s like a family. Everyone was always going to each other’s games and the staff is always coming. I feel it’s the same thing here. Everyone is supporting each other. It pushes you to succeed because you want to do well for all the people who came before you.Joe Rice can be reached at email@example.com.