Q & A With BC Alum Kristen Mewis
June 12, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. - Former BC women's soccer player Kristen Mewis will make her home debut as a member of the US Women's National Soccer team on Saturday, June 15 at Foxboro. The US team is hosting South Korea at Gillette Stadium. Mewis took some time out of her busy week of training with the national team to talk about her new career as a professional soccer player.
From your days at Whitman-Hanson to BC and now at FC Kansas City, you've come a long way. What has the journey been like for you, and what do you miss most about playing at the high school and college levels?
I am incredibly thankful for being able to experience the journey I've had throughout my soccer career. Every level had different advantages, which is what I believe has made the journey so exciting. In high school, I got to experience soccer primarily for what it should be fun with some of my best friends, while having the chance to play for one of the best teams and coaches in the state. At BC, I will miss the most living and playing with best friends that I will have for a lifetime, and also a great relationship with the entire coaching staff. Without BC, I would definitely not be where I am today.
Since December your life has changed dramatically. Can you go through where you have been?
In January, I headed to Australia. It was a wonderful opportunity to get some good games in with Canberra FC and play in such a beautiful country. The national team camps followed and I went Florida, Nashville, Portugal and Germany. I went from Germany right to my new home in Kansas City, where I was finally able to settle in.
Now that you have played with the US National Team, is it still a dream or have you adjusted to be on the field with an Abby Wambach and Shannon Boxx?
I have adjusted to playing with the both of them, but it will always be an honor to play with two of the best players in the world for the best team in the world.
When you first heard your name called to go in as a sub for the first time, what were you thinking?
So many emotions were running through my head, but primarily I was both excited and nervous to have my first cap with a team I've been training with for over a year.
Your first start was against China at the Algarve Cup in March were you comfortable with the team or are you thinking just don't make a mistake?
I would say a little bit of both. Obviously, the nerves where there, but I was also very comfortable with my teammates by then. Their experience and support helped calm my nerves.
If you make the roster for the June 15 game in Foxboro, what are your feelings going into that game knowing the stadium will be packed with family, friends and BC fans waiting for you to walk on the pitch?
I am so excited for the chance to play in front of my friends and family that have supported me over the years. Its going to be a great opportunity to play in my hometown.
At what point in your career did you realize you could play at that level?
I think I realized I could play for this team after a couple of national team camps in college and saw I could keep up. I grew up playing with the youth national teams, so it was always my goal to eventually make the full national team. At those first couple of camps I knew that I still needed to put in a lot of hard work, but also it was a possibility for me to play on the full team.
What has been your biggest adjustment from going to college and now playing professionally?
Primarily, the biggest adjustment has been living on my own, away from home and my family. Obviously at BC, I had the comfort of knowing my family was only forty minutes away if I ever needed anything. Now I have been forced to become more independent, which in the long run will be very beneficial to my success as a professional athlete.
You left BC as the all-time leading scorer. What were your expectations heading into your college career and what did it take to have that kind of success?
I didn't really know what to think coming into BC. All I was sure of is that I would be playing for one of the top programs in the nation, and that I wanted to do everything I could to make a positive imprint on the team's success. I could not have accomplished what I did without the help and support of the entire coaching staff and my teammates.
What has been the highlight of your travels since you left Boston College in December?
I would say the highlight has been competing in the Algarve Cup in Portugal with the National Team. I was able to earn my first start with the team, and also have the chance to be a part of winning a tournament at that level.
When you come back to campus, do you miss this atmosphere or is a pleasant relief from your busy schedule, knowing you can always come home at BC?
Of course, I'll always love coming back to BC. No matter where I am, it will always feel like home to me. It is incredibly comforting to know that I have the support system of my best friends and the entire BC soccer family waiting for me back at school.
Are you living your dream?
Definitely. It has always been my dream to play with the full women's national team ever since I was a little girl. I know how fortunate I am to make a living doing what I love most.