What were you looking for in a college soccer program?
I wanted a program where I could play competitive soccer and continue to improve but not at the expense of my academics and I found that at Carleton. As a team we are always trying to improve on the field but the fact that everybody does homework on the bus trips shows that we also value academics.
How would you describe Carleton’s style of play?
We focus on possession and just try to play pretty soccer but we are able to be scrappy if necessary. I think the biggest thing is that we don’t have stars; every individual contributes something different and important.
How has being a part of Carleton Women’s Soccer (CWS) shaped your college experience?
Being part of CWS has been a huge part of my college experience and it has been incredibly positive. I’ve met some of my best friends and had some of my best experiences with CWS. Beyond all the fun I’ve had with my teammates and playing soccer, being part of CWS has also helped me grow and become a stronger person.
How has the program grown during your time here?
Because we have become more competitive on a national level (going to the NCAAs the last two years) our goals have also grown. My freshman year we set our sights on winning in the MIAC tournament and now we aren’t satisfied unless we win in the national tournament. I think that says even more because it speaks to our mental development as well as to our physical development on the field.
How has your college athletic experience differed from your high school athletic experience?
I am definitely closer to my teammates and more invested in the team, which I can tell by the fact that every win and loss means so much to me. I have also learned a lot more about the game and myself as a player, both from my coaches and teammates. In high school it was more about using the skills you already had, while at Carleton, there’s more of a focus on the development of the team and every player.