Hoover represents USA in European soccer tour

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Marble Fall High School 2016 grad Macy Hoover, dauaghter of soccer coach Rick Hoover, takes a corner kick during a match in her senior year. Hoover has been invited to represent the United States as part of the international travel team Stars and Stripes.

Macy Hoover of Marble Falls has been invited to travel Europe and play in multiple soccer tournaments and friendly matches as she will be representing the USA playing for the “Stars-n-Stripes” international travel team.

She started her 18-day tour of Europe Thursday July 6. The highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to represent USA in the world’s largest youth tournament in Sweden, the “Gothia Cup.”

The Gothia Cup will have over 75 nations represented and is played in front of huge crowds, in huge stadiums. Typically there are about 40,000 people in attendance to the games.

“I’m really excited about it,’’ Hoover said. “It’s going to be a long flight.’’

The tour begins in Germany where they will stay five days and play several matches against the German teams. Then they travel to Denmark for five days where they will participate in the “Denmark Cup” and have the opportunity to play some of the best teams throughout Denmark.

From there they travel to Sweden for seven days and will participate in the Gothia Cup.

Hoover, a 2016 Marble Falls High School graduate, was one of the best soccer players to ever play for the Mustangs. She holds the school records for goals scored, assists and shots on goal. She was a two-time first team all district player, team MVP, Forward of the Year (two times) and the team captain her junior and senior years. Hoover will be a sophomore at Texas A&M University this fall.

Hoover said this is her first visit to Europe.

“They are very good over there,’’ she said Thursday before boarding her airplane at DFW Airport. “I expect some good competition. It’ll be real fast.’’

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