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Brighton standout picks William Baptist for soccer future

By Thomas Sellers Jr.Mo Whitefoot graphic Mo Whitefoot Signing

The date of Nov. 20, 2013 was marked on the calendar and schedules were cleared.
Several of Hannah “Mo” Whitefoot’s current and former soccer coaches made their ways to Brighton High School to attend her signing. Also present was the future coach of Whitefoot, William Baptist College Head Coach Shane Stolz.
“We’ve been saying this all along, she’s the No. 1 recruit on our board,” Stolz said. “To get her to commit this early and get her to sign here today is such a special day for our program. She came and visited the campus and worked out with our girls, I know our girls really enjoyed getting to meet her. She has a great attitude that she translates on the field. She’s such a talented player and I have high expectations for her.”
For years the daughter of Amy and Steve Whitefoot has lived up to expectations on the soccer field. The Whitefoots and their son Cody joined Mo in the Brighton Library to witness her signing her letter of intent to play at William Baptist College.
“It’s the end result of a lot of hard work by Mo, academically and athleticly to get to this point,” Amy said. “I’m very happy with her choice. She wanted to go to a small school and they were very kind to her there. She enjoyed trying out with the girls. She really liked it there.”
Whitefoot will continue her soccer career for the Lady Eagles in Walnut Ridge, Ark. William College is a realitively new program. Stolz said he glad to add Whitefoot’s championshp experience to his roster.
When she was 4 years old, Whitefoot started playing soccer just outside of Philadelphia, Pa. The family moved to the Tennessee about six years ago and she continued her play.
She’s played for teams like Pao Soccer Schools in Memphis. During her career at Brighton, Whitefoot suited up for former coach Richard Vandergrift and current Head Coach Shari Garrett.
“They’re very, very lucky,” Garrett said of William College. “She’s not only a talented player, but she has great leadership skills. She has the ability to have people follow her around. She’s an amazing player. We’re going to be lost without her next year. Just her ball work alone, made it easier for her other players to work around her and become better players because of the player she is.
“It’s hard for Mo because she doesn’t get recognized because she’s not a main goal scorer,” she added. “But the ball starts with her. She’s the heart of our team being in the center. It all starts with her. She set up easily 80 percent of those goals. Maybe not the assist, but she started the goals from the middle.”
Whitefoot was key part of the 2013 District 13-3A regular-season and tournament champions Brighton Lady Cardinals as a midfielder. The senior compiled impressive numbers her entire Brighton career with 32 goals and 25 assists.
She was a captain for three years while helping the Lady Cardinals win two district championships. Whitefoot is a four-time All-District honoree and has three All-District Tournament awards.
“I think she’s a very unselfish player,” Amy noted. “She’s always willing to help her teammates out. And she’s a good leader. It feels amazing and we’re really proud of her.”
Whitefoot is proud to finish her prep career with a championship and banner to hang in the Brighton Gymnasium. And she’s looking forward to joining her new team and becoming a part of the family.
And Whitefoot said sharing the moment of her signing with those who helped her get there made her day more special.
“I’m just glad that they came because they all helped me out throughout my soccer career,” Mo said. “I’m so glad I had the chance to have them encourage me.”

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