Hofer makes big sacrifice for soccer
Aug. 8, 2014
By Jay Hinton
TCU Athletics Media Relations
FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU freshman goal keeper Courtney Hofer knew she would have to make huge sacrifices in order to achieve her goals as a soccer player with the Frogs, and perhaps the biggest sacrifice of all was giving up the final semester of her senior year in high school.
Hofer, who was 17 at the time, enrolled at TCU in January. In doing so she gave up everything that comes with high school, especially spending nights at home with her family, hanging out with her friends and finishing out her final season of high school basketball.
"It was tough because all of my friends were still at home doing high school things," said Hofer, who hails from Farmington, Connecticut. "They were all together so seeing them in that aspect and I was here still trying to find out who my close friends were, who my group was and getting used to school."
Eventually, she began to feel more comfortable being so far from home and being engaged in college life.
"I had some really good talks with (sophomore) Michelle Prokof," she said. "There was one night we went and got froyo and went back to our room and watched a movie and I remember sitting there thinking, `Wow, I'm in college now.' That was like two weeks in and from that point on things got easier."
Although it was hard for her at first, she knew it would pay off for her in the long run, and some seven months into her college experience she can attest to that.
"I feel comfortable and that's the biggest thing," she said. "I don't have to worry about being away from home because I'm used to it and I know what it feels like. All through summer school I knew how hard classes were and knew what to expect, and staying in a dorm. All of the other freshmen are experiencing that for the first time now, but I am already used to it. I feel comfortable so I can focus on the field."
Third-year TCU soccer coach Eric Bell agreed.
"I think it gives her a leg up on the rest of her classmates as well as being comfortable with school and being here in classes and figuring it all out so once August gets here, like it is now, it's not new to her," he said. "She's got it all figured out and basically she can concentrate on the soccer portion of things."
Now she is focusing on the task at hand -- earning playing time and helping her team win.
"If I don't win a starting spot I want Shannon (Coffer) or Vit (Vittoria Arnold) to be a better goal keeper because I pushed them for that position," Hofer said.
Although she gave up a lot, she would do it all over again.
"I think looking back at it there were definitely some days and weeks when I wanted to be home," she said. "I wanted to be back in Connecticut and I really questioned if it was the right choice to come early, but now that I am here, hands down it was the right choice."
The Frogs will open the season Aug. 22 when they travel to Washington State. TCU's home opener is Aug. 29 against Missouri.