Haley Hopkins, Virginia Women’s Soccer Off To Fast Start

Haley Hopkins has scored 7 goals in 6 games for Virginia. ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The Virginia women’s soccer team has opened the season white hot, undefeated through its first six matches. Across these appearances, the Cavaliers have outscored their opponents 22-1, an impressive stat line for so early in the year. Though the team’s success is a product of numerous stars on the roster, like Alexa Spaanstra, Rebecca Jarrett, and Lia Godfrey, one woman has shined especially bright in the early hours of this season: Haley Hopkins.

Though she is now a vocal, and statistical, leader for Virginia, Hopkins did not begin her career in the orange and blue. In fact, she didn’t even begin in the ACC. As a freshman, the 5’10” forward launched her collegiate career at Vanderbilt University.

Upon arriving at Vandy, Hopkins was quick to make a name for herself. In her freshman year, she was named the 2018 SEC Freshman of the Year, along with earning spots on the SEC All-Freshman Team and the Top Drawer Soccer Best XI Freshman First Team as well as recognition as a third team All American.

Following her electrifying freshman year, Hopkins didn’t slow down. In her next two seasons with the Commodores, she earned numerous other accolades, including All-SEC selections (2019- Second Team; 2020- First Team), All American selections (2020), and spots on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in both 2019 and 2020.