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



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.

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 MOVIES: Mean Girls, Wedding Crashers.
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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