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October 7, 2007
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Liberty junior midfielder Hope West

Liberty junior midfielder Hope West

Every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the women's soccer season, fans will have an opportunity to get to know the Lady Flames a bit better through a question-and-answer session. Today, the series continues with junior Hope West.
 
A native of Auburndale, Fla., junior midfielder Hope West has played in seven of Liberty's eight contests this season, starting three times. Unable to play due to injury the entire 2006 campaign, the Lady Flames are happy to have West return to the roster this season. In 2005, the midfielder appeared in all 21 matches with 18 starts during Liberty's run to its third Big South Championship. Off the field, West is a three-time member of the Big South Presidential Honor Roll.
 
 
My earliest soccer memory is … when I was about six or seven, I was the defender in a soccer drill.  The coach told me to stop the boys ( I was on a team with boys) from scoring in the drill, and I did just that.  I was beating the boys up and I didn't let them score.  So, the boys started to complain because they couldn't score. The coach had to tell me not to play defense so hard, so they could score some. 
 
 
Other than soccer, my favorite sport to play is … softball.  I've played both soccer and softball since was three year old.
 
 
When I have an hour of free time, I like to … take a nap.
 
 
If I won a million dollars, I would … build my parents their dream home and buy my dad any truck he wanted.
 
 
If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song … "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" by Conway Twitty. It is really country and my teammates make fun of me for being really country.
 
 
It is not good for you, but I still eat … fried food.  I love french fries, fried shrimp, fried chicken, and fried gator tail.
 
 
A place I would like to visit one day is … Rome.  It has so much culture and history.  I love history and the ancient world.
 
 
If you could eat dinner with three other people (living or dead), who would they be and why?
I would eat dinner with Esther, Alexander the Great, and Ann Frank. 
Esther - She was beautiful and strong.  She was true to her Jewish heritage. 
Alexander the Great - He was a great leader and a powerful man.  I would like to pick the brain of the man who at one time owned the world. 
Ann Frank - She was brave and faced such hard persecutions at such a young age.  I want to ask her where her strength came from.
 
 
Who is your favorite Bible character and why?  Paul, because he endured such harsh persecutions and still loved the Lord so much.  He had such a great faith and I admire that and want that for myself.
 
 
When surfing the Internet, what website do you visit the most frequently?  Any airfare site, because I am always looking for tickets to go home and visit my family.  I am from Florida and I don't get to see them much during the year, except for school breaks.
 
 
What is something about you that other people don't know?  I want to go on medical missions in foreign countries when I get my nurse practitioner licenses.
 
 
 
What is the best part about being on the Liberty Women's Soccer team?  The relationships.  I found my first TRUE best friend on this team and many close friends.  I don't know what I would do without them.  They are supportive, encouraging, uplifting, fun, loving and most of all, they are my SISTERS!
 
 
Who is your favorite Superhero and why? My favorite super hero is Batman because he is good looking, smart, mysterious, strong and caring.
 
 
What cartoon character are you most like and why?  Pocahontas.  We are both Native Americans. We both have really, really long black hair.  We both love animals.  We both have a really high pitched warrior cry.  We both are strong spirited.  And most of all, we both run like the wind.
 
 
After graduation, I would like to … work for a year to get experience, and then go to grad school to become a nurse practitioner.