Nov. 16, 2006
Senior midfielder Jenny Maurer has tallied 13 career goals and 24 career assists in her four-year career. As a co-captain this year, she helped lead the Eagles to an 11-5-2 regular season record. Maurer and the Eagles will face Penn State in the third round of the NCAA tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 19.
The Women's Soccer team is having a great season; this is the third consecutive year you've advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. What are some key elements of the team's success?
We're playing together right now. Our forwards have really stepped up their scoring from last year and the defense has been great. We've gotten shutouts the last two games. I think from the veterans to the newcomers, we're really playing together.
You suffered a tough 2-1 loss to Clemson in the ACC Tournament two weeks ago. How did the team deal with that and bounce back to beat BU and Rutgers in the NCAA Tournament?
It was really tough. We dominated that game and we lost, so I think that really opened our eyes. We realized that come NCAAs if you lose, you're done, so we can't just say we should have won that game, we actually have to step up and win it. So, I think [the loss] really motivated us.
How will the team prepare to face Penn State in the third round of the NCAA tournament this Sunday in State College, Pa.?
We're really just focusing on us right now. We feel that we're as good as any team in the country, so whatever happens, we just play our game. This week, so far we've just gone out and played to get that under our belt.
Penn State will be playing at home - how important is the fan factor, and do you expect to see many BC fans in the stands on Sunday?
Probably not too many; I know our families are going down, but that's about it. We're going down when there's a Penn State football game, so there are going to be a lot of people around. I think that's one good thing about our team - we take adversity and thrive on it, so I think it'll be good.
What have you and your co-captain Heather Ferron focused on with your teammates this year?
I think that all six seniors are leaders on this team, and I think we've stepped up and led the team in the fact that we want to keep this going, because it's our last season and you never know what's going to happen in the future. I think everyone, freshman to senior, has played for each other.
What style of coaching would you describe head coach Alison Foley as having? How do associate head coach Chris Hamblin and assistant coach Mike Lavigne work with the team?
They're all very hands-on and all three coaches are very close. They work well together. They focus on everything - from tactics to technique. But I think what we, as players, really value is their personal relationships with each of us. We all feel valued on the team, which I think is key. Coach Foley, Chris and Mike bring their own special thing to the team and I think we need all of them to win.
You traveled to Europe during the summer as a member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team. What was that like?
It was unbelievable. We went to Norway, which is a beautiful country. I've never been there, so it was a great experience. Playing with some of the best players in the country, it was great to prepare for this season. It was a lot of fun and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Many athletic-academic awards have come your way over the last four years. Is there any award that stands out as the most meaningful to you?
No, not really. My biggest thing right now is we just want to get past the Sweet 16. We've been there the last three years, so our goal is to get a step further.
You've started every soccer game since arriving on campus in 2003. Tell us about one game or play that was particularly exciting or memorable.
One game that really stands out in my mind is my sophomore year when we played Notre Dame in the Big East playoffs. I think they were ranked either first or second in the country at the time. We ended up winning and it was great. It was actually at Rutgers Field, so we've had some good luck there. (The Eagles defeated BU and Rutgers on that field in this year's NCAA tournament)
What has been the best thing about playing for BC?
My teammates, for sure. You live with them; you spend all your time with them. I know I'll be friends with them forever, and that's what I love the most.
Many young girls in New England look up to the BC Women's Soccer players. What advice would you give to an elementary or middle school soccer player who would like to be an Eagle one day?
I think the most important thing is to have fun. Soccer is a game; it's not your life. Just go out and enjoy it. I know you're going to get frustrated and upset at times, but have fun with it because that's what it's there for.
On October 27, the six graduating seniors were honored at the last match on the Newton home field. What were your thoughts that day, and now as you near the end of your time at Boston College?
It was really bittersweet, mixed emotions. The six of us would look at each other and we didn't know if we should cry or just be happy to go out and play. It was a really nice ceremony and as along as we keep playing, that's all I care about. I'll miss playing on Newton, but it was really nice.
Interview conducted by Geoffrey Kehlmann