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Hain Inducted into North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame

April 9, 2013
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Hain (third from right, bottom row) pictured with her team, the Ralaigh Spartans after winning the 1995 US Youth Soccer Under-18 Francis J. "Frank" Kelly national championship.

Liberty Women's Soccer Head Coach Jessica Hain was recently inducted into the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame (NCSHOF) as a member of the 1995 US Youth Soccer Under-18 national championship team, the 1977 Raleigh Spartans.

"It was surprising and humbling to be honored in the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame," Hain stated. "God has mighty ways of using us to share Himself with others if we are willing. I pray that I'm always willing to speak of His great name on every platform He places me!"

After capturing their first Southern Region (III) Championship in the summer of 1995, Hain and the Spartans made the trek to West Palm Beach, Fla., where they had the tall task of squaring off with two previous national championship teams. The Spartans won its semifinals matchup, 4-3, before winning in the finals on penalty kicks to bring home North Carolina's first-ever youth soccer national title. 

In addition to the induction, Hain and her teammates are also the second team to be to be recognized on the NCSHOF National Champions Hall of Honor.

Hain enters her sixth season as head coach of the Lady Flames, earning Big South Coach of the Year honors in 2009. This past season, Hain led Liberty to its best start in program history, while coaching four players who earned Big South postseason honors – Lauren Stell (all-conference first team), Karen Blocker (all-conference second team), Jaime Bouffard (all-freshman) and Brittany Aanderud (all-freshman).