Beyond the Game: Elizabeth Havenhill

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Sports Reporter

It was another hot summer day in Dallas, Texas when the annual Vans Warped Tour was in town at the Gexa Energy Pavilion.

At the Kia Soul Stage the alternative rock group Yellowcard played their 2003 hit single “Oceans Avenue.”

Elizabeth Havenhill, freshman defender, could be spotted crowd surfing above the hundreds of screaming fans in attendance. Havenhill was enjoying one of her most anticipated events of the summer.

“I had to do it for them,” Havenhill said. “They are so good. I had been waiting all year for this one full-day concert.”

Spending time with family and friends and attending the tour is Havenhill’s way of enjoying her summer. One of her most memorable moments came in the summer of 2013 when she crowd surfed for the first time.

“I was so nervous,” Havenhill said. “I was thinking I was going to fall, but it was a big enough crowd, and it all worked out.”

Along with attending shows, Havenhill, with the help of her grandmother, has played the piano since third grade.

“My grandma is so good at piano that she is like Beethoven reincarnated,” Havenhill said. “Everyone in my family played piano, but she really pursued my interest into learning it.”

Havenhill’s increased involvement with club soccer eventually caused her to take a break from the piano. In high school, after teaching herself, she decided to pick up the piano hobby again.

“I can still play the piano,” Havenhill said. “I can play songs by Coldplay, Maroon 5 and ‘Fast Car’ by Tracy Chapman.”

Once this fall semester began, Havenhill was back to enjoying the soccer field. Havenhill has been competing in soccer ever since her mother, Debbie, signed her up for a recreational team called the Red Hots.

“She started soccer at four years old,” Debbie said. “She played basketball, volleyball and even participated in theatre dance, but soccer started to become number one over time.”

Her ability caught the attention of Assistant Coach Link Scoggins, who has been a part of the Texas State soccer program for the past four seasons.

“I met Link at a recruiting session, and Coach Kat Conner came to some of our games,” Havenhill said. “When I looked into the program and visited the campus, I fell in love.”

Havenhill’s athleticism runs in the family. Her father played tennis, her mother played volleyball and her brother, Eric, played soccer and the piano.

Eric and Elizabeth grew up with the same interests and competitive nature. Watching her older brother play soccer sparked Havenhill’s interest growing up.

Eric stopped playing soccer his junior year at UT-Arlington, but he continues to compete at the piano.

“I think that I play piano a little bit better since I have more time to practice with her being busy with soccer,” Eric said. “She is definitely a close second with a little bit of catching up to do.”

As Havenhill continues her freshman season, her family is still present at every home game.

“Even as a toddler, Elizabeth could just run forever and had a desire to win,” Debbie said. “She puts 150 percent into everything she does and strives to exceed her best.”