Hannah Esslie of Cairo Durham seeks to attain her own and her team’s goals this upcoming soccer season. She looks to reach 50 career goals and hopes to help lead her team to a sectional win given the chance.
Since the age of four, Esslie has been playing the game she loves. Playing rec soccer and making the jump to club soccer at the age of 12. She has played for GPS the past three seasons, who have now turned into Albany Rush. In school ball, Esslie originally played for Doane Stuart, making the move to Cairo during her sophomore year, ultimately playing her first season for Cairo this past season which was her junior year.
This past season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Patroon Conference was forced to shorten their season. Each team was only able to play each other once and the Patroon Conference ended upholding their own playoff. Cairo ended up going 3-3-1 which was enough to get them into the playoff but unfortunately losing that game. Esslie hopes to change that this year. “I think it would be cool to win a sectional game, I don’t know too much about other Class-B schools but I think it would be pretty cool to win one”, Esslie stated. She knows it will not be an easy task, but looks forward to working with her team to make it happen.
This past season, Esslie was named to the first team Patroon Conference all-star team and was also named to the Class-B all-state team, an honor she was surprised to receive but hopes to receive again this upcoming year. “Yea I would definitely like to make the all-state team again, I was definitely surprised though this year.”An exceptional talent, another all-state bid should be right within her reach.
There are many qualities of Esslie’s game that allows her to play at a high level. She has exceptional one-on-one talent and excels at setting up her teammates and controlling the midfield. She is a dual-threat on offense with her ability to score and control the field.
Now if there is one thing she can improve on she told me, was her finishing ability. “I think the main thing for me is accuracy, I kind of just get into my own head and I kind of just blast it…I need to work on just hitting the target rather than hitting with power.” If Esslie can improve on this, it will add another element to her impressive game.
Esslie noted Mia Hamm being an influence on her game. She also talked about how the USWNT as a whole has been an influencer. “It’s cool to be in the best women’s soccer country, to see them and root for them…When I was in middle school I did a whole project on them so I’ve always looked up to them.” Being inspired as many other young women have been by an impressive run from the Women’s National Team.
Each season Esslie has improved her game in so many different ways. Playing inspired soccer for her and her team. Esslie has not yet committed to playing at the college level, but whichever school she ends up going to, she will make an immediate impact on their soccer team and at their school.