Senior Defender Looks to Past and Future During Her Final Season


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Senior Kelly Hasty hopes her and her team finish strong in her final season as a Jasper soccer player. GOJASPERS / COURTESY

Kelly Hasty is a senior accounting major on Manhattan College’s women’s soccer team.  Entering her final season as a defender on the team, Hasty sat down with The Quadrangle to share a loom back on her past seasons, as well as a look forward into her fourth and final season as a player.

The Quadrangle: When did you start playing soccer?

Kelly Hasty: I began … I want to say I was around four, like going into kindergarten … It was definitely rec soccer, like what everyone does when they’re in kindergarten … it was when you were all in different colors and stuff like that.

TQ: How did you end up coming to Manhattan College?

KH: I knew that I didn’t want to go anywhere far, and I think I just liked the location, like it’s in the city, but not directly in the city.  And it’s not a city-feel school, like it’s suburbs in the city.

TQ: How would you describe your experience on the team thus far?

KH: I mean, I think it’s been good.  I think the best part is, obviously, playing soccer’s important, but what made it nice and memorable experience were the teammates we made, and the friends and stuff like that.

TQ: When your sport is in season, what does a day in the life of Kelly Hasty look like?

KH: I usually wake up around 8 a.m. or 9 a.m., depending on what time my first class is.  And then, they’re typically back to back.  And then, I usually do homework, and then I go to practice, and then I do homework after.  Sometimes I have stuff with my honor society, but usually I do homework after, and then go to bed, and do it all over again.

TQ: How has your season progressed so far?

KH: It’s definitely been a slow start.  We just started conference play about a week ago, I want to say.  And it’s been a slow start, but it’s not over yet.  We’ve had a few losses, but we’re still … in contention for playoffs.

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To Hasty, the best part about playing soccer at Manhattan has been the friends she’s found in her teammates. GOJASPERS/ COURTESY

TQ: Since this is your senior year and your final season, what are your hopes going forward for the rest of the season?

KH: I hope we just don’t get down [on] ourselves and just play hard until the last possible time we can …

TQ: Do you have any advice for prospective players, looking back on your four years on the soccer team at Manhattan?

KH: [Remember] it’s a very big commitment and try to prioritize your time, which is obviously really important, but remember that you’re in college for a very short amount of time and … for me, the most memorable part [was] my teammates and develop bonds … For me, I think that was what helped us through really hard times.  And also, when you’re in off-season, and it’s a really long time of not playing … remember why you started and the teammates that you have.