By Ashley Khakshouri
Q: What do you enjoy most about playing soccer?
A: I enjoy the rush of excitement and the adrenaline I get when I score a goal or when I beat a player. I love being with my teammates and being able to share this experience with them.
Q: What position do you play and how do you try to be a leader?
A: Iâm a center midfielder and a forward for my team. I try to be a leader by working hard every moment on the field, and by being positive when things arenât going our way.
Q: How does the team look to improve after such a successful season?
A: Our success is in the past and the future is in our hands. Just because we were very successful last year doesnât mean that another successful season is to come. Our hard work and determination in practices is how we will accomplish what we want.
Q: How would you describe the team dynamics on and off the field?
A: Itâs awesome. I love every single player on my team. Everyone gets along and weâre like one big, happy family. They are like my sisters.
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: I desire to accomplish a CIF championship and another Regional championship. I know my team has the talent, skill, and determination to achieve these aspirations.
Q: So youâve committed to USCâ¦How are you preparing to be a part of that team?
A: Iâm planning on starting a fitness program this summer in order to build more muscle so that I can hold my ground in college. I am also reading this book called “10 Minute Toughness” by Jason Selk in order to become mentally stronger.
Q: How do you think playing soccer in college will be different than playing on a high school team?
A: It will be way more intense. Thereâll be a lot more fitness involved, and I know the competition will be very tough. I know that itâs not going to be easy to earn a starting position so I know that Iâm going to have to push myself mentally and physically.