Hayes is a kinesiology major and has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.39. She was a 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One third-team Academic All-America selection and a CoSIDA/Capital One first team All-District selection. Hayes was included on the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester and was inducted into Penn State’s Athletic Honor Society, Spiritus Leoninus, as well. She is also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.
Hayes has been a starter for Penn State since her freshman season. With her leadership, the Nittany Lions have enjoyed great success, lengthening their Big Ten title streak to 15-straight and making their first-ever appearance in an NCAA National Championship game in 2012.
Hayes has made a positive impact in the community during her time in State College. She volunteers at the Centre Soccer Association Clinic and the Mack Brady Soccer Clinic, where she teaches soccer to youths of the community. She has also worked with Special Olympics and has participated in THON, a student-run organization at Penn State that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.
Hayes is a four-year starter for Penn State and has led the Nittany Lions to their 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. The senior has posted 19 goals, including four game-winners, and five assists for a total of 43 points. The 2013 MAC Hermann Watch List selection is currently tied for sixth in the nation in goals and points.
Hayes has earned recognition on the national and Big Ten levels multiple times this season as she was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA National Player of the Week twice and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions. She has also earned TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week honors twice this year.
With 71 career goals, Hayes is in sole possession of third place in Penn State’s career-goals ledger. The two-time NSCAA All-American is also third on the career points record list with a total of 162 points. Hayes leads all active Division I women’s soccer players in career goals and is second in career points.
Hayes is a current member of the U23 National Team pool. She was also a member of the U20 National Team that won the 2012 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2012 and 2010 CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship. Hayes was a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in 2011 and a semifinalist in 2012. She holds the Big Ten and Penn State record for most points in a single season after tallying 31 goals and eight assists for a total of 70 points in 2011.
In 2012, Hayes was second on the team in scoring with 16 goals, six assists and 38 points, despite missing the first seven matches due to her participation in the FIFA U20 World Cup. Her efforts helped lead the Nittany Lions to their first-ever NCAA National Championship game appearance. She is a two-time NSCAA first team All-American, NSCAA All-Great Lakes first team selection, All-Big Ten first team selection and Big Ten Forward of the Year.