Emma Bayer is an 11 year old who will be doing a recurring interview series for Backline Soccer. You can find more out about how Emma got in to soccer here.
Ashley Hatch has had a short, but successful NWSL career. She was Rookie of the Year with the North Carolina Courage this season, and is currently playing in Australia.
May 25, 1995
Nickname from teammates:
In college my nick name was Ash Smash or just Smash. For the Courage my nickname is Hatchey
Age you started playing soccer:
Career aspirations after soccer:
My dream job besides playing soccer is to one day be a mother but I would also love to go back to school and get my masters to be a social worker of some sort and soccer coach.
Why did you pick your particular uniform number:
My favorite number is 33. That was my number growing up in college and I choose it because I wanted a number that wasn’t common and I also have 6 members in my family and 3+3 = 6. I didn’t choose #12 for my rookie season in the NWSL.
I don’t eat anything specific. I just make sure I eat enough of whatever sounds good at the time but when we have away trips I usually find myself eating pancakes for the meal before the game.
I love listening to all types of music when I’m working out but one of my favorite bands is the Chainsmokers.
Favorite cartoon character:
“She’s the Man” will always be a movie at the top of my list but I love so many movies so it’s hard to pick just one.
I love water painting and I am really good at telling cheesy jokes.
Mentor (in soccer or life):
My Dad is my mentor in life and in soccer. He’s the one I go to for everything because he knows how to help me get through all the hard time and all the good times.
Helping Hands through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
“Life is to be enjoyed… not just endured.” Gordon B. Hinckley
Blue pre-wrap headband for game-days is a must!
I had a pet bunny named “Fluffy” growing up. I don’t have any pets currently.
If you were going on Amazing Race, which teammate would you want as a partner, and why?:
I would want Meredith Speck as my partner because she is super smart and also hilarious so we would win and have a good time.