Soccer

UNC commit, U.S. U-17 forward Tori Hansen quietly excelling on the pitch

Posted May 12

— Tori Hansen has a graceful explosiveness that makes her one of the most prolific scorers in high school soccer. The sophomore scored 14 goals in the regular season this year for top-ranked Wakefield High School while the team only surrendered 11.

"I think her statistics and accomplishments speak for themselves," said Wakefield head coach C.J. Komons. "But the thing that separates her from everybody else is the fact that she makes everybody around her better."

Tori is in her comfort zone on a soccer field, but uneasy when asked about her talents.

"I don't enjoy talking about myself," Hansen said. "If you're good enough people will talk about you. You don't need to talk about yourself."

"She's definitely very humble and doesn't talk or brag about her accomplishments very often," Komons said. "If I want to talk about the whole national team thing, I have to almost drag it out of her. I have to twist her arm to get her to say what happened, how was it?"

Ah yes, the national team thing. The last week in April, Hansen traveled to Italy to represent the United States on the Under-17 national team. Four games, four wins.

"It was unforgettable," Hansen said. "We were overseas playing against other countries. It was really, really awesome."

The time with Team USA did keep Hansen away from her Wakefield High School squad.

"That's a once in a lifetime experience," Komons said. "So I told her, 'don't worry about us. Go over there, have fun, enjoy it and play your heart out and make that roster again.' You know what she did? That second day that she was there, she was texting me and asking me about how we were doing."

The goal is to make the U.S. Women's National Team one day. But that's after high school and after she plays at the University of North Carolina.

"I started my recruiting process when I was in the 8th grade. Soccer players usually commit really early," Hansen said. "It's UNC. Best education, soccer program is awesome and (head coach) Anson (Dorrance) is crazy awesome."

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