Recently, you have been recognized for scoring important, game-winning goals. What would you say has been your most memorable goal scored in your soccer career?
Probably in high school. During my state championship game, we were tied 2-2, and I scored a goal with three minutes left in the game. It was probably my most memorable goal.
If your teammates gave you a superlative what would it be?
I’d probably get “most likely to fall down” or something. I’m super clumsy.
What is the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever received playing sports?
Probably just always have confidence in yourself, no matter what you are doing.
This summer you were on the team that went to South Korea for the World University Games, what was that experience like?
It was an amazing experience. It was like we were at the Olympics, and we stayed in an athlete village with all the other countries. Representing [America] was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.
Do you ever get tired of soccer?
No I don’t. There are days where I wish I could have the day off, but I never get tired of playing or anything.
Of all your teammates, past and present, from whom have your learned the most from and why?
I would have to say one of my teammates from my club team. I was with her in season when she lost a younger brother, and she really didn’t miss much soccer, but she showed us the courage it took to keep playing and practicing. It really taught us a lesson that year to have courage in all that you do [not just soccer]. I mean—and we all have bigger things than soccer—but we also always have soccer to come back to. It’s kind of our safety blanket and we always have that team family. But just the courage she taught us to keep moving forward.
As your college soccer career comes to a close, what are you most fondly going to look back on?
Probably all of the bonds I have made with teammates. It is like having a second family at school. I mean, the soccer memories will always stick out, but so will the times we have had off the field together.
After school, do you plan on continuing to integrate soccer into your life?
Oh, yeah. I am hoping to play after college. So whatever comes my way with playing after college I will hopefully take that opportunity.
Do you ever dream in soccer metaphors?
I don’t think so. I think I would go a little crazy if I dreamed in soccer metaphors. I think I have enough of that in my life, and I am happy it is not in my dreams.
What has been your best Halloween costume to date?
I think my sophomore year. Instead of ‘How to Train your Dragon,’ we were ‘how to train your dolphin.’ Me and another soccer girl were trainers and we had hula hoops and fanny packs and two of the first-year girls were dolphins.