By Devin Ditto
Freshman spotlight is a weekly conversation with one of this year’s new varsity recruits. This week, I sate down with Maya Gonzales, from the women’s soccer team.
Where are you from? What drew you to Lawrence?
I am from Racine, Wisconsin, which is two hours south of Appleton. I had never heard of Lawrence until my best friend told me that she applied, so I looked into it and decided to apply as well. When I visited, I fell in love; I knew that this was the place for me.
How old were you when you started playing soccer? What sparked that initial interest?
I started playing when I was around five simply because soccer ran in my family. I joined the city’s recreational team and played there until freshman year, when I ended up making my high school’s varsity team.
How has the transition been going from playing high school soccer to playing in college?
College soccer definitely involves a much higher level of intensity and commitment. It’s more serious and more competitive, but the transition was made smoother with consistent support from the team.
You were in a boot recently, what happened? How have you handled that?
I hurt my ankle in July, and because we still have not been able to figure out what exactly the injury is, it refuses to heal. Dealing with this is very frustrating because even after numerous doctor visits and almost two months of rehab, I still have not been able to play.
Alright, can you tell me about your favorite soccer memory so far this season?
My favorite memories consist of the bonding I have been able to do with the girls, namely Sarah Zaccarine and Greta Fritz during our numerous rehab and ice-bucket sessions together.
What do you hope to bring to the team this year?
Mainly what I want to bring to the team is help and support. Whether it is on or off the field, I will always have my team’s back
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have loved roller derby since about third grade, and I plan on joining a team as soon as I am able to.