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December 4, 2012

Relentless drive pays off for Hoscheit

Sitting around has never sat well with Maggie Hoscheit.

Her constant restlessness hasn't led to wasted time, but rather to productivity at every turn.

Last week, the Augustana junior became the college's 140th Academic All-American, thanks to her pairing of defensive soccer skills with an aptitude for classroom success and civic involvement.

"You have to schedule your time very wisely, especially when you have things going on outside of the classroom," Hoscheit said. "The coursework by no means is easy, so you have to be disciplined to study outside of class."

Hoscheit grew up in St. Charles, Ill., and parents John and Teri Hoscheit encouraged their daughter and two sons to get involved in as many activities as possible.

Soccer quickly became her favorite sport, and as she grew, Hoscheit's interests grew to include the sciences. Coming out of high school, she sought a science-related major with an eye on the healthcare field.

As an all-state defender who played four years of varsity soccer at St. Charles East High School, Hoscheit wasn't ready to leave competitive sport just yet.

Augustana women's soccer coach Scott Mejia picked up on Hoscheit's drive in no time, and she has helped lead a resurgence of the program. The Vikings won the CCIW championship with a 7-0 record and reached the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. Hoscheit captained the defense, which allowed only 22 goals in 21 games.

"The thing with Maggie is she's one of the most intense and competitive players we have," Mejia said. "I think that definitely transcends the field. You can see that in the classroom and everything else that she does.
"She wants to be the best in whatever she's doing."

When she's not excelling athletically and academically - she holds a 3.87 GPA - Hoscheit keeps her pace plenty frenetic through her sorority, Delta Chi Theta.

She helped market a fundraiser for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. She has volunteered in a variety of other fundraisers and went on a weeklong mission trip to a Washington, D.C.-based charity home for HIV patients.

Approaching life any other way doesn't really register with Hoscheit. Just ask her how she relaxes in her downtime.

"I try to spend time with my friends," Hoscheit said, "and if we can, be productive and give back somehow."

Since coming to Augustana, Hoscheit has cooled on the notion of medical school, instead focusing on a career in dentistry. Last summer, she shadowed dentists at multiple practices and was hooked.

"It clicked with me," Hoscheit said. "I've always known that I wanted to enter the healthcare field, and give that service back to people.
"I just think teeth are fascinating."

Of course, there's still another year-plus of coursework and a final season of soccer ahead of her.

Expectations for next year's Vikings will be high with so many key players returning. Hoscheit has her eye on an even more successful season, and also on welcoming in next year's first-year players.

"I'm looking forward to the incoming freshmen, bringing them into the program and hopefully showing them what Augustana soccer is all about," she said. "I want them to have as good an experience as I've had."

Andrew Petersen