Aug. 21, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Alicia Blose is one of six seniors on the No. 10 ranked women's soccer team at Boston College. Blose, a native of Mill Valley, Calif., has developed into a solid midfielder for the Eagles. She averages about 25-30 minutes a game coming off the bench. Blose took some time out this week to talk about the 2012 season.
What did you do over the summer - did you stay local or head home to California?
I stayed in Boston this summer and worked at an internship at Franklin Park Zoo. It was an animal care internship so mostly zoo keeping. I want to do something to work with animals. In high school, I did an internship with a wild care center and enjoyed it so that sent me on this path. I also played for a local club soccer team to stay in shape.
You are a West Coast girl, what made you choose Boston College and how have you adjusted?
I wanted to be at least a flight away from home. I felt like that would give me a different experience. I knew Boston College because of the strong education and about the soccer team. When I came to visit, I really loved it. I also have family on the East Coast, so I knew I would like it. It's very different from California but I like it.
How did preseason go for you and your teammates this season?
It's kind of weird to think it's my last season. Overall it went well for our team. The freshmen came in and did really well. It's a big freshman class so we have been working on communicating with them and getting them adjusted as quickly as possible. It has worked out well because I think everyone is pretty comfortable with each other. The chemistry has improved.
Everyone talks about the preseason fitness test, why?
I think at first it's scary. I remember my freshman year it was more scary because it's your first impression you make in front of coach. I think it's more of a mental thing but this year everyone did well.
What will your role on the team be?
I think it's to help the team into reaching our goals in any way I can. Also help the freshman get orientated with everything. There are always high expectations surrounding this team.
What are some of the goals of the team for the 2012 season?
Right now we take it game-to-game. We try and stay focused on the next game. We have a very tough schedule coming up so we focus on the next game and improving after each game. We have a little younger team. It's a good mix of experience and youth in the starting lineup. We have more fresh bodies behind all the experienced players so I think we will do okay.
Are you excited about playing in front of friends and family again when the team takes the west coast trip to play Stanford and Pacific?
I've been lucky. This is the third time we play there. I am excited to see my family and friends from high school. I have some friends from club teams and ODP playing for Stanford. So it's always exciting getting to play there.
Talk about your experience at Boston College. Has it been everything you expected?
This experience has been more than I expected. I sort of had an idea what to expect but you never really know. It has been amazing. I knew some of the other players and knew we had some strong players as freshmen. I also knew we were joining a team that was super strong. I don't know what my expectations were but I knew I had to come in to prove myself. I knew all the other players were top-notch. I didn't know where I would fit in but I came in worked as hard as I could just to help the team out.
What are your plans after graduation?
I'm hoping to get a job in animal care and look towards graduate school after one or two years.