Youth Profile: Bath’s Hale pursuing her soccer dreams

By Sam Shriver -

BATH TOWNSHIP — McKenna Hale, an 18-year-old senior at Bath High School, hopes to continue her high school soccer career in college.

She’s the captain of the Bath Wildkittens soccer team.

As for what she’ll study in college, that’s still in the air.

“Something in the medical field. I don’t know if it will be veterinary medicine or a physician’s assistant,” Hale said. “I have a strong mind in science and math, and I’ve always liked science. I’ve always thought it was interesting. I’ve always had a love for animals, which led me to veterinary science.”

She is leaning towards studying veterinary science in college.

The lessons she’s learned on the soccer field should come in handy later in life.

“Really to never give up. Being the team captain is a really hard thing to earn. It showed me how to take leadership and just overall putting in work every single day,” she said.

During the last part of her junior year, all Ohio schools went to remote learning, something Hale found challenging.

“It was kind of rough at first to get a handle of things, like not having a teacher to show you how to do certain things like how to basically teach yourself in some points, but the teachers and the principal, they definitely helped us a lot with teaching,” she said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the student-athletes on the soccer team have to take extra precautions.

“Now you have to wear a mask on the bench. We’re always 6 feet apart. When they announce our names, we usually get into a huddle. We can’t do that anymore,” she said.

Celebrating a goal just became a bit less joyous.

“It’s kind of hard sometimes to forget. We run up to each other. We can’t do that now,” she said.

By Sam Shriver

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