By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
Forward Thanna Oddo has one more season of soccer here on the hilltop. As her last season begins, Oddo has high hopes for this season after last year’s historic one. Soccer, however, has always been a huge aspect of her life.
Oddo started playing when she was as young as three or four-years-old. She did play other sports, and even tried her hand at the violin, but nothing stuck to her as much as soccer. “I loved soccer so much I sort of always thought I would play in college,” said Oddo. “I wanted to continue playing for as long as I could and it was a large goal of mine to play at the collegiate level.”
From Pittsburgh, Pa., Oddo dominated while playing for Avonworth (Pa.) High School. She was a four-year starter, and she was a two-year All-WPIAL selection. She still holds 15 high school records, which range from career, single-season and single-game goals and is still the all-time assist leader.
A team captain this year, Oddo is looking forward to hopefully another fantastic season. “Our goal is to get better each year. Last year was our first year making it to playoffs, so this year hopefully we can build on that and get back into the playoffs and maybe host a game. We need to go out each game and play our hardest and we will be able to get the results we want,” said Oddo.
She’s already scored once this season, a game-winning shot against the California (Pa.) Vulcans. That adds up to six game-winning goals in her career at WLU. In total, she’s scored 12 goals with eight assists as of Sept. 9.
However, when asked about her scoring, Oddo showcased how she’s a true team player. “Scoring is always a priority for a team,” said Oddo. “Of course, I would love to keep scoring but it doesn’t matter who scores. It doesn’t matter who puts the ball in the net but it matters what the outcome of the game is.”
Off the field, Oddo is a exercise physiology major and is currently in the interviewing process for graduate school. She plans to get her master’s in a physician assistant program. Oddo also continues to run, train and weight lift for the season. In any spare time, she likes to relax and watch Netflix, or travel and attend concerts.
When asked if she could give a freshman player any advice, Oddo said, “Enjoy the ups and the downs. One day you are going to wake up and you’ll be playing in your very last season. Take the good with the bad and never lose your love of the game.”
“I am very fortunate to have played as long as I have,” said Oddo. “I am excited to get back on the field for one more season with my team.”
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