In this week’s hot seat, John interviewed Sam Westerling of the women’s soccer team. Westerling starts for the Norse at defender despite playing goalie for the previous two years.
John Rasp: What kind of team goals has the team set for this year? Sam Westerling: One of the team goals was 100 percent commitment. A lot of the other goals were things such as posting 17 shutouts and scoring so many goals or getting so many shots.
JR: Kendra Zinser by far led the team in yellow cards in 2003, but has since graduated. Who’s going to lead the team in yellow cards this year? SW: Probably Kristen Votapek because she averages about five fouls per game. She also probably has a couple cards under her belt.
JR: Last year a couple of the postseason games came down to a shootout. Last year, you were in the shootout as goalkeeper; but this year, as defender, do you have any desire to take a shot? SW: No, too much pressure.
JR: Who’s the toughest NKU women’s soccer player? SW: I’d say Robyn Withers is probably the toughest. She took a cleat to the face and got back up, so she’s pretty tough.
JR: What areas are this team better in than last year’s team? SW: I think our offense is better. We have good shooters and a lot of speed up front.
JR: What is it like to play defender compared to goalkeeper? SW: It’s okay. It’s a lot of work and a lot more running. I definitely respect the field players much more now that I play defender. I like it.
JR: Is there anything you know from being goalie that helps you out being defender? SW: From being a goalie, I have a better idea of what the offensive player is going to do. I have better reads on the offensive player from my experiences at goalie.
JR: If you could pick one men’s player to play on the women’s team who would you pick? SW: I’d probably pick Randy Walters because he’s a pretty solid all-around player.
JR: What’s the most fired up you’ve seen Head Coach Bob Sheehan? SW: Last weekend he was pretty fired up because the referee wasn’t making any calls. It was pretty funny.
JR: With only two seniors on the roster, who are some of the underclassmen that have stepped up as leaders? SW: Amy Martini and Katie Hanck have stepped