Kicking it with Danielle Duhl

By Camille Shooshani

Q: What are your individual and team goals for the upcoming season?

Duhl: “My team goals this year are definitely to win league. My goal for the team is to win the CIF Championship because we beat the team that won the CIF Championship last year, so I don’t think there’s any reason why we can’t accomplish that. Personally, my goal is to be a goal scorer for the team. We’ve always had a goal scorer in the grade above me that we’ve always relied on, but now that she’s gone, I know that it has to be me.”

Q: What positions do you play?

Duhl: “On my club team, I play outside [midfielder because] we play a much wider game. Because the field is so big in high school, we go down the middle much more, so I play the middle to set plays up from there.”

Q: How do you train during your offseason?

Duhl: “We train all summer. We lift all summer, and we’re in there twice a week. We do a lot of ACL [injury] prevention and try to train our hips and our quads. Playing wise, it’s just so we can get to know each other and its more for bonding.”

Q: Has your role changed as a senior and as a team leader?

Duhl: “My role has changed immensely. Being a leader on the team, you have to be more consistent, allow for other players to believe you and look confident. Other players look to you when they’re down or when times are getting tough, so it’s probably much more of a responsibility. but I like having that responsibility, I want to be a person that my teammates look to.”

Q: Does your club play affect your school performance?

Duhl: “It’s a lot of soccer, and it’s always been a factor in my life, balancing school with soccer and school with club. I love it. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love doing so many things after school and being able to train all the time.” 

Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

Duhl: “My strength is my work ethic and my intensity on the field. That also becomes my weakness because I can start to turn on my team. If I can bring that energy and bring the team with me, then we have our most successful games. I’m pretty vocal, so I’m always talking and encouraging. I’m nothing without the other players on the team. ”

Q: Who do you think will be a player to watch this season?

Duhl: “Reba [Magier ’12], our goalie, is definitely a standout player. It’s always nice to have her in the back because she’s such a reliable goalie. I think Hannah Lichtenstien [’13] is also really going to come through this year. It’ll be her second season with us, and she will have some experience coming behind her.” 

Q: How do you feel about going to Duke next year?

Duhl: “I’m so excited. I met with the girls, and I love the coach. I’ve always wanted to go to Duke. When I was seven, if you would have asked me where I wanted to go, I would have said Duke. I couldn’t have told you why, but now I love that it’s small. I love the feeling, I love the school spirit, and I get to play [for] the most competitive girls’ soccer team in the entire country. That has always been my goal.”

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