When Cardinal Stritch Catholic girls soccer coach Dan Roggelin watches his sophomore midfielder Kama Hardy, he’s thinking I’ve seen this before.
That’s because Hardy, who was first team All-TAAC and first team All-NWOHSSL, reminds him of former Stritch player Mary-Lynn Hadley. Hadley won a scholarship to play soccer at Slippery Rock (Pa.), and today she is a lieutenant in the Army National Guard and teacher in South Carolina.
Hardy is just a sophomore and her future plans are a long way off, but she is already the Alan Miller Jewelers All-Press Co-Player of the Year. Because she reminds him of Hadley, Roggelin has already started to get her plenty of experience at every position to prepare her for after graduation.
“That’s part of the reason I work her out on defense and all that, because you never know. My all-state player from 2006 (Hadley) went to college on a scholarship to play midfield and forward, and ended up playing defense. It happens. Kama is a lot like Mary-Lynn. She is going to do very, very well,” Roggelin said.
“She’s played every position on the team this year, including goalkeeper,” Roggelin continued.. “She was absolutely versatile and willing to do anything to help the team. She gets four goals or so under her belt, and I try to get her off the front line because she loves to play. I don’t want to sit her so I’ll put her back on defense or in goal, because she’s played there before, just to keep her hand in it and keep her skills up.
Hardy, who helped lead Stritch to a Toledo Area Athletic Conference co-championship with Ottawa Hills, finished the season with 37 goals on 143 shots on goal, plus she had nine assists, 24 intercepts, and 18 steals. Of 50 corner kicks, she scored directly on three and had assists on three others.
“Obviously, in most games she was marked heavily,” Roggelin said. “This year was a lot of fun because the girl that played opposite of Kama, (junior midfielder) Sarah Wamer, took pretty much the opposite side of the field corner kicks, and she got one goal and three assists right off the corner, so corner kicks were very productive for us.”
Roggelin said in the offseason, Roggelin’s daughter Sarah, a former assistant coach, worked with Hardy and Wamer on their corner kicks.
“After that, they started knocking them in left and right,” Roggelin said. “That’s a lot of fun when you teach kids, and they actually do what they are supposed to.”
For Hardy’s career, just two years as an underclassman, she has 51 goals on 216 shots, 11 assists, 47 intercepts, 33 steals, and 115 corner kicks.