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Hanna Millen: The Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week

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Senior striker Hanna Millen has been chosen as this week's Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week. Senior striker Hanna Millen has been chosen as this week's Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week. Photo courtesy of Kyle Pillar.

ROCKINGHAM – Hanna Millen, who is a senior striker on the Richmond Senior High School Lady Raiders soccer team, has been named the Official Richmond County Female Athlete of the Week presented by McNair Auto Sales.

Millen had a successful week on the pitch, as her performance in Richmond’s 6-1 win over Hoke County High School last Wednesday notched her team-leading fourth goal of the season, earning her this week’s recognition.

Athletic Profile

Name: Hanna Millen

Age: 17

Year: Senior

Spring Sport: Soccer

Position: Striker

Years on Varsity: 3 Years

Height & Weight: 5’-1”, 110 pounds

Experience: 13 Years 

RSHS Academics:  Millen is in her second semester of her senior year at RSHS, and she’s currently enrolled in the Health Sciences cluster. Having always had an interest in the medical field, Millen has found success within the cluster, as well as her other classes, as she is an “A” student with a 3.20 GPA.

This spring, Millen is taking three classes at Richmond and one course at Richmond Community College. Her history class at RichmondCC, History 132, as she explains, benefits her because it “gives me the opportunity to get some of my college classes done” with before she graduates high school. At RSHS, she’s taking Public Health and Fundamentals, English IV and Weight Training.

“Weight Training is my favorite class because I’m able to be active,” Millen explained.

Hobbies: When Millen isn’t on the soccer pitch, she can be found pretty much anywhere outdoors doing an assortment of activities.

“I love the outdoors,” Millen said. “Anything that has to do with hunting, fishing or camping. I have a pond at my house that I fish at, and I like to go deep sea fishing. I really want to catch a shark someday.”

Other interests that Millen enjoys are eating and sleeping, hanging out with friends, and she played travel soccer for AC Sandhills in the fall. She also spends a lot of time helping out at Northside Volunteer Fire Department, as she noted she “grew up there” helping her friend Jennifer Causey’s dad, who is the chief.

Interesting Fact: Before she committed herself to soccer, Millen played softball growing up. From playing the sport, she found an interest in collecting baseball cards.

“I have a bunch of old baseball cards I’ve collected,” Millen explained. “They’re in an old binder, and I have a bunch of different players. But I mostly collected shortstops and MVP players.”

College Aspirations: With her freshman year of college just around the corner, Millen has already applied and been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She will enroll in the nursing program, as she has always wanted to become a nurse.

“I chose Pembroke because it has a really good nursing program,” Millen said. “I want to be a nurse because I want to help people, and I have an uncle who works in a hospital. And I watch Grey’s Anatomy, which got me interested (in becoming a nurse).

“Pembroke is not too far from home,” Millen continued. “It’s really open and there’s a lot of things to do. And the people there are so friendly.”

Mentors: For her mentor, Millen chose her mother Amanda Millen, who works in human resources. Millen has looked to her mother for a lot of things in life, especially when seeking advice and support.

“My mom has always pushed me to do what I wanted to do, and not what others wanted me to do,” Millen said. “She’s supported me with school and soccer, too.”

Athlete of the Week Stats: Millen had only scored one goal through the first five games this season. But last Wednesday, on a frigid afternoon that saw game times moved up because of the bitter cold and high winds, Millen was hot as fire, as she ripped home her first hat trick of the season in the 6-1 win over Hoke County.

In the 28th minute, Millen notched her first of the three goals when junior teammate Jayana Nicholson weaved through traffic and sent a pass right to Millen in the box, who redirected it past Hoke’s freshman goalkeeper Melissa Torres to give Richmond a 2-0 lead.

The remaining two goals Millen would score would both come in the second half and from close range. She would beat the keeper from inside the box both times, scoring in the 62nd and 66th minutes. Her two second-half goals were part of a four-goal barrage put on by the Lady Raiders, and her first goal would prove to be the eventual game-winner. 

Describe your three-goal performance against Hoke County. What worked well for you during that game?

“It’s kind of surprising, actually,” Millen said about scoring three goals in a game. “It’s hard to score that many goals in one game. But everybody was doing what we do in practice. “We were talking and warning each other. And when the team works together like it’s supposed to, it’s easier to score.”

What is your favorite memory while playing soccer for Coach Howard and Richmond?

“My favorite memory (so far) is probably the conference championship game last year against Pinecrest,” Millen noted. “We were so close (to winning). My adrenaline was going and everybody was working so well together.

“I have also enjoyed playing with all of my teammates over the last couple of years,” she concluded.

Coach’s Corner: Richmond head coach Bennie Howard has made it known that he has expected great things out of Millen this season, and thus far, she’s proven to answer the call.

“She did a good job against Hoke,” Howard said of Millen. “She used her speed, which is one of her assets. It’s something that you can’t teach as a coach, so it’s nice to have someone that kind of speed. She’s gotten better over the years with her touch and finishing skills. She’s the package we want, and hopefully we can use that night in and night out.

“Hanna is as country as country can be,” Howard continued with a smile. “She’s got that country twang. And nothing seems to bother her, she’s always got a smile on her face, which is a plus.”

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Kyle Pillar

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