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Know Your Blue Raiders: Tori Hawkins and Kate Loye

October 1, 2012 · @MTAthletics

Each week GoBlueRaiders.com will feature four Middle Tennessee Soccer student-athletes in a question and answer session.

This week's first edition highlights freshman forward Tori Hawkins from Murfreesboro and freshman midfielder Kate Loye from Hamilton, New Zealand.

Tori Hawkins / Forward / Freshman / Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: Rock Climbing, rafting, reading, running, Ultimate Frisbee and shopping

Q: What led you to decide to come to Middle Tennessee?

A: The amazing aerospace program, as well as soccer.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown, Murfreesboro?

A: My favorite thing about myMurfreesboro would have to be the parks and the shopping.

Q: Who has made the biggest influence in your life?

A: The biggest influence in my life would have to be my oldest sister Savannah. She is not only my sister, but my best friend who has helped me get through everything.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: My goal for the season is to help the team win the Sunbelt Conference in any way possible.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: My favorite quote is by Thomas Jefferson that states, "The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." It is a true testament to the way I live my life and is very concise.

Q: What is your favorite weird food combination?

A: I LOVE gummy bears in my ice cream, and it doesn't matter what kind, gummy bears need to be in there!

Q: If you could change places with anyone right now, who would they be?

A: I would totally trade places with Blake Lively, she just married the sexiest man ever, Ryan Reynolds, and thus crushed my dreams.

Q: Who is your favorite soccer player?

A: My favorite soccer player is Thierry Henry. Not only do we share the same initials and birthday, we also play the same position. He is my icon and I aspire to play with his flair.

Q: Who is your favorite soccer team?

A: Being a Thierry Henry fan, naturally my favorite club is Arsenal. I have been a Gunners fan since the days of Dennis Bergkamp and I will love them until I die.

Kate Loye / Midfielder / Freshman / Hamilton, New Zealand

Q: What are your favorite hobbies?

A: I love to spend time with friends and go hiking. I also love to cook and bake.

Q: What led you to decide to come to Middle Tennessee?

A: Middle Tennessee looked like an amazing university with so many possibilities and facilities. Our coach Aston made me feel really welcome to the university, which made me pick MTSU over other U.S. universities.

Q: What is your favorite thing about your hometown, Hamilton, New Zealand?

A: I love having my friends and family close to me. Hamilton is a quiet town, which has close beaches nearby. I love to go there during the summer.

Q: Who has made the biggest influence in your life?

A: My parents have been the biggest influence to me because they have raised me in a way that I can do things on my own and make my own decisions. They have given me so many opportunities and they have supported me through everything I have done, whether it has been good or bad.

Q: What are your goals for this season?

A: My goals are to score more goals with my role as a high midfielder and to become smarter in the way in the physical approach of soccer.

Q: What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

A: Eating a grasshopper from a street market in Thailand.

Q: What is your favorite place on earth?

A: Queenstown, New Zealand

Q: If you could meet anyone in the world, who would they be?

A: Rodger Federer

Q: What is one talent you wish you had?

A: I wish I could dance

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: "Live in the moment."

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