Last week, "Where are they Now?" heard from Kaelon Fox at the University of Kentucky. Today, 2013 Alumna Samantha Grasso has sent us an update from the College of William & Mary where she is heading into her Sophomore year.
Q: What was the best part of the High School All-American game?
A: Playing with and against my friends from across the United States that I only get to see a few times a year at soccer events.
Q: What is the biggest difference between High School and College Soccer?
A: The speed of play is much faster and the game gets more physical in college soccer as opposed to high school soccer.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you wish you would have received before you left High School?
A: Do not change the way to play to try and match your opponent, play the way you have been playing, it got you this far, and will continue to carry you through your college career.
Q: What was the best thing that you did from a training stand point as a youth player that helped you develop?
A: Just playing in as many games and scrimmages as possible. Game like situations is where skill and ability is tested and learned.
Q: What would you have done differently as a youth/younger player?
A: Played against boys. They are more physical and play faster. By doing this I would feel more prepared for higher level soccer.
Q: What do you do to improve during the offseason?
A: In the offseason I focus more on my personal weaknesses as well as my fitness. I take the feedback from my coach from the season and work on the skills he mentioned. As for fitness, I do more weight training, speed and agility, and running.
Q: What is your personally most memorable soccer moment?
A: Winning the state championship my senior year of high school, a feeling like no other I have ever had.
Q: What do you most enjoy doing outside of soccer?
A: I love going to the beach, whether it is hanging with friends or just enjoying a book.
Q: What are your goals for your upcoming fall season?
A: My goal is to have a bigger impact in each game I play in.
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