Sarah Hommas laughs when she recalls first stepping onto a soccer pitch at age 5. Her parents coached her recreational squad at the start, and these days she continues to hone her skills on the college level.
The freshman striker at Northwest University in Kirkland has exuded a passion for soccer since the early days.
“I like being tricky,” said the Redmond resident and business administration major, who was homeschooled and starred for the Cedarcrest High squad for four years.
During the 2019 NU season, Hommas received heaps of playing time and helped the Eagles notch a 9-3 conference record and 13-6 overall mark en route to qualifying for the playoffs. She had two assists during the regular season and netted some goals during the preseason.
Hommas, who sustained a sprained ankle during the second half of the season, aims to make more of an impact on the scoresheet in 2020.
“Near the end, we started getting better and so I think I kind of learned more that it does take time,” she said. “I’m really excited for next season.”
Hommas scorched the net at Cedarcrest with 40 goals during her career paired with 23 assists for a total of 103 points. She’s a member of the school’s hall of fame and helped lead the Red Wolves to the 2A state quarterfinals in 2017. The booter also earned first-team all-league honors at forward for four seasons, and was an all-state honorable mention her season year.
On the club scene, Hommas played for Cascade FC of Snoqualmie and ISC Gunners of Issaquah, and being a member of those teams played an integral role in her development and heightened her passion for the game.
“I think what also maybe helped keep me going was my friends that I had on my Cascade team. That was definitely a lot of good times, I made a lot of my best friends through that,” she said.
The Reporter asked Hommas a series of questions last month to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into her life:
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Generally speaking, just trusting God, honestly, probably came from my mother. It really helps me to survive through life.
What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When I’m walking and somebody cuts in front of me and walks into my bubble when they could have walked around.
Need some space.
Yeah, just personal bubble.
What’s your dream vacation spot?
Probably Hawaii or Iceland.
What super power would you like to have?
I would like to either read people’s minds or be invisible.
Who’s your inspiration on the soccer pitch?
Probably ever since I was little, (Lionel) Messi.
What is it about him?
He’s just super fast, I like being fast. He just runs past everybody and it’s really fun to watch.
What’s the dream goal (on the soccer pitch)?
Probably some kind of header goal from a cross, with a nice build up to it.
Is there something unique about yourself that somebody wouldn’t know about?
A lot of people don’t know, but I paint and sculpt a lot. I’m actually doing it right now.
What are you sculpting at the moment?
Currently, I’m sculpting a cat figure — it’s supposed to be my cat, actually — it’s gonna be for my brother for Christmas.