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RISING STAR: Stanford's Kelley O'Hara
by Bryan Alvarez, December 2nd, 2008 8AM

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SOCCER AMERICA profiles Stanford junior Kelley O'Hara, the elder in one of the nation's most prolific attacks. O'Hara will lead the Cardinal (22-1-1) as it moves into Friday's Women's College Cup semifinals for only the second time.

POSITION: Forward
AGE: 20
COLLEGE: Stanford
CLASS: Junior
HOMETOWN: Fayetteville, Ga.
HIGH SCHOOL: Starr's Mill
YOUTH CLUB: Concorde Fire
INTERNATIONAL: USA (2006 Under-20 World Cup)
STARTING OUT: I played Muppet soccer when I was 4. I started really early.
EARLY SOCCER MEMORY: My U-10 club team won the Atlanta Cup. It was really exciting for us.
FIRST CLEATS: Adidas Copas.
CURRENT CLEATS: Nike Women's First2 Pros.
OTHER SPORTS: Softball, basketball, lots of swimming, gymnastics, ballet.
FAVORITE TEAMS: Arsenal, college sports, University of Georgia football, college basketball.
FAVORITE PLAYER: Rafael Nadal.
FAVORITE MOVIES: Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers.
FAVORITE ACTOR: James Franco.
FAVORITE ACTRESS: Julia Roberts.
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Grey's Anatomy.
COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: It's amazing. I couldn't have made a better decision. The soccer's amazing. I love my team. The social scene is great. Everyone interacts with each other. I love it.
MOST INFLUENTIAL COACH: Brian Moore, my club coach.
MEMORABLE COACHING ADVICE (from youth coach): Once you cross the white lines and go onto the pitch, turn your game on. Once you're on the field, it's all about business.
HOBBIES: Snowboarding, wakeboarding. I love anything outdoors.
MUSIC: I like everything; rap, country, Irish music.
READING: I enjoy magazines probably the most. Also, during Christmas, my family gets together and reads, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" It's a family tradition!
VACATION: Since I was 6, every winter, my family would go to Utah or Montana to go skiing.
FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU'D INVITE TO DINNER: I don't know. I don't have one to pick out.



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