Soccer Player Shines on the Field and in the Classroom
Posted: September 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
Sophomore Rachel Wiggins, a business-management major, recorded a hat trick in a soccer match against St. Joseph’s University on Sept. 6, and was rewarded by being named the Colonial Athletic Association’s (CAA) Women’s Soccer Player of the Week last week.
“I felt honored, but I didn’t dwell on it because I have to focus on achieving my own goals for the season as well as our team goals, especially since our season seems to go by so fast,” Wiggins says.
Wiggins was just the fifth player in Mason school history to record a hat trick in a match as she scored once in the first half and twice in the second half of a 6-1 win over St. Joseph’s. She also had an assist in that game. Wiggins’ second assist of the year came on Sunday, Sept. 18, in the Patriots 3-1 win over East Tennessee State University.
The 5’8″ forward from Acworth, Ga., has come roaring back after suffering a sidelining injury in 2003, just two games into her first season at Mason. (She scored one goal and had two assists in those games.) Last year, she played in 20 games for Mason, starting in four of them. But she had no goals for the season and three assists.
“Anyone who loves their sport can’t stand sitting on the sidelines watching without being able to do anything about it,” Wiggins says of her year off the field. “I just hope I never have to go through that again.”
At the same time, Wiggins has been consistent in her academics, earning a spot on the Dean’s List in spring 2004 and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll twice for outstanding work in the classroom. She also received the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award.
At Darlington High School, where she graduated cum laude in 2003, Wiggins earned four varsity letters and received most valuable player honors in her final two seasons. She was a member of the National Honor Society, French Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta.
Women’s soccer Head Coach Diane Drake comments, “Rachel can be a great goal scorer and plays well with her back to the opponent. She is creative and has deceptive speed and solid one-versus-one ability.”