Athletes of the week

Alyssa Onan

(Annie Kaiser)

Annie Kaiser
Women’s soccerWhat is the best memory that you have from your LU soccer career?

Believe it or not, my best memory is last season’s loss to number-one-ranked Carroll in the semi-finals of the conference tournament. After losing to them 7-2 earlier in the season, our nail-biting 2-1 loss in the last seconds of the game showed how much we improved as a team and that we had a huge potential for success coming into this season.

What are the team’s goals for the remainder of the season?
We expect to win every game. Being ranked fifth in the conference, the team knew we wanted to exceed those expectations, and have done that so far – we’re ranked third. We’ve moved from an underdog status to a team to be reckoned with, and our goal is to take that dynamism to the NCAA tournament.

Basketball or soccer? Why?
I hate this one. Probably soccer, because I’m better at it.

What are your plans for after graduation?
Move to L.A. for a few years and party like a rock star while trying to find a job in entertainment media. Otherwise, sell medical supplies or lasers or something expensive so I can make a lot of money.

What is your pre-game ritual?
Get to the gym, put on my uniform and tell myself I am going to play well for the team. The less I do or think about things, the better.

Steven Solomon
Men’s soccer

How did it feel to save the penalty kick at St. Norbert?
The PK save at [St.] Norbert felt good. I knew the PK could have been a game changer and we couldn’t afford to let that happen, so it was nice to be able to contribute to our result.

What are the team’s goals for conference and how are you preparing for it?
Our goals are certainly to win conference and make our first trip to the NCAAs. The team and I are taking it one step at a time, focusing on each practice and game as they come, and looking to improve every time we step on the pitch.

What is the biggest difference between high school and LU soccer?
The players in college soccer are definitely a little bigger, and the game is a bit more physical.

What is your favorite soccer memory?
My favorite soccer memory is winning the 2009 Colorado 5A State Championship with my high school soccer team last year.

Who is your favorite professional goalie and why?
My favorite professional goalkeeper would have to be to be Peter Schmeichel. When he played he made saves no one should ever be able to make and I also like the way he carried himself on the field.

(Steven Solomon)

(Annie Kaiser)

(Steven Solomon)