Volume 94, Issue 28
Thursday, October 19, 2000
Harding a real team leader
NO SLOWING DOWN HARDING. Forward Amme Harding's soccer career will come to an end this weekend and caps a wonderful journey taken by the Mustangs co-captain.
By Daniel Fanaberia
As the women's soccer world goes through an exciting boom period the Western Mustangs have been able to answer the hype with its own star.
Amme Harding, a London native, fifth-year striker and co-captain of the women's soccer team, has led the squad with inspiring passion and dedication throughout her varsity career.
Harding said she attributes her deep love of the game to a childhood that was surrounded by the sport. Picking up her first set of cleats at five-years-old, she would not be out done by her older brothers who lead the way for soccer in her family.
Having played the position of striker all her life, she said she has certainly become used to being counted on to score goals. This year's captaincy was a new title, however, she has carried well according to her team.
"Amy has done a great job in assuming leadership and gained a great deal of respect from the other players," said head coach, Mark Eys.
Harding said she believes the combination of varsity soccer and Western's academic load has truly developed her time management skills. She is currently studying at Althouse college preparing to teach at the elementary school level.
She said soccer has influenced many aspects of her life she added her good sense for co-operation and leadership could be attributed to the game.
Prior to Western Harding played for Medway High School in London as the team's striker. Western's other women's soccer captain, Pauline Liabotis, played against Harding in their old high school league.
When Liabotis, a defender, was asked what it was like to play on the other side of the ball against Harding, she replied, "Amy could surprise you with a shot from any angle." She added she thought Harding was also definitely the fastest player on the team.
Liabotis said she agreed the captaincy suited Harding's personality because of the example she sets with her diligence and to lift the team's spirit.
Eys said Harding has been a very coachable player.
The first-year Western head coach also coached Harding at the Marconi Women's Soccer Club over the past two summers.
This season will be Harding's fifth and last year of eligibility. "Western soccer will miss her," Liabotis said. After playing together for five years and against each other in high school, Liabotis had many inspiring things to say about her co-captain. She used words like passion and dedication to promote Hardings importance to the soccer program.
Harding's love of the sport is certainly apparent on and off the field. Western, however, will miss her talent and spirit as a player as soccer fans will be without her next season.
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