Virginia’s Mia Hoen-Beck is back on the soccer field, which she calls as a full-circle moment. Passing out of Northern Virginia’s James Madison High School, Hoen-Beck was ranked amongst the top 20 players in the country.
Being a prominent member of the U17 U.S. National Team, she presided her McLean-based club team through two state championships. Plus, and Hoen-Beck took the charge of several top college programs in the country. While she was at her career’s peak, doing great for the country, three ACL tears followed by a life-threatening complication took her off the pitch.
After more than three years, Hoen-Beck made a come-back with a bang. Four years have passed since she has scored a goal. A fourth-year in the classroom and a redshirt junior on the field, she found the back of the net twice in the Cavaliers’ 4-0 win over UNCW.
“This match, indeed, was an emotional one for me,” Hoen-Beck said. “I would like to thank my teammates and the coaches who I have spent so much time here with.”
Being a high school junior, Mia Hoen-Beck was already bound to Stanford during her first ligament injury. Consequently, Stanford had to drop her name from the list. However, Virginia head coach Steve Swanson believed that she would soon recover to get back to where she belongs.
“You start to think that Mia is just not meant to be a soccer player,” Andrea Hoen-Beck said. “You’re sick beyond reason inside that this could be happening a third time.”
The doctors took on a different approach to execute her third surgery. They decided to use one ligament from her right knee, instead of using a ligament from a cadaver to fix the impairment.
Jogging around the field for tuning-up in Klöckner Stadium was like a knight in the shining armour moment for Hoen-Beck. Scoring the initial two goals of her college career was a positive stimulus.