Hercules Juggles Married Life, Soccer, School
Marriage Helps Hercules Succeed On Field, In Classroom
|North Texas at No. 10 Wake Forest
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 - 5 p.m.
|North Texas vs. Virginia Tech
Sunday, Sept. 1 - 10:30 a.m.
Some of the most painstaking parts of being a student-athlete happen far away from the game field. Aside from endless hours of practice and travel, each Mean Green soccer player has to attend study hall, strength and conditioning sessions, meetings and trips to the ice bath; on top of the classes and homework that actually make them a STUDENT-athlete.
One North Texas soccer player, Lynda Hercules, has one more thing to juggle at the end of the day - her marriage.
"We have to be pretty creative with our time," Hercules joked. "We walk each other to class. We have about an hour for lunch, and sometimes we even get to see each other at night."
Hercules, a BYU transfer, married the man of her dreams, Sean, a year-and-a-half ago. He understands the time constraints of the student-athlete because he actually tutors them at the North Texas Student-Athlete Academic Center several nights a week on top of his full class load.
As the only married member of the Mean Green soccer team, Lynda has gained the unofficial role as the team's love doctor. The other players come to the senior for advice on boys, and Lynda gives them the guidance that only maturity can dish out.
So far this season, Lynda's maturity has paid dividends on the soccer field as well. She netted a pair of goals in the first half of the season opener at Texas Southern, and followed that up with the assist on the game-winning goal in the home opener versus Houston Baptist. Lynda entered the season with six career points in three collegiate seasons, but has racked up five points in just two games of 2013.
The area's coaches paid attention to NT's weekend accolades and named North Texas the No. 9 team in the Central Region this week. Lynda and the Mean Green will look to keep this season's hot streak going at No. 10 Wake Forest on Friday night, and on Sunday against Virginia Tech.