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The Ladies of the NCAA Final Four

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With so many talented players and teams, this has been an extremely exciting year for women's college soccer. Tonight the final four teams of the NCAA tournament will give their ALL. 

Penn State will face off against Rutgers at 5pm EST & Florida State will battle Duke at 7:30pm EST on ESPNU. Check out what we found out when speaking to the ladies of the Final Four.......The girls also sent us some hilarious action shots..

Salina Williford
Penn State #20

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "My teammate shot the ball and immediately turned around to celebrate because she thought it went in and I celebrated with her and started running back to the line yet that ball in fact had not gone in."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "Scoring in the elite eight last year to  tie the game and looking up into the stands and seeing my dad just sooo happy and running around screaming."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "My thighs rub together literally to the point where I get a rash and our athletic trainer has to give me Vaseline to put on them."

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "When my first touch gets away from me."

Brittany Basinger
Penn State #1

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Disgustingly ugly faces I make when I play!"

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "That my hair is all shorter and broken from ripping my prewrap out of my hair."

EJ Proctor 
Duke #30

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "I think my favorite soccer story happened when I was 8 or 9. I was playing in a rec game against our biggest rival, it was SO hot out, I felt that we had been running all over the place (obviously not my strength, hence my position). My dad yelled "it's all about heart!" And as corny as that was then, i remember it in a lot of games to this day."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Whenever I try to dress nice after a morning lift, I always walk back to my dorm and change because I cannot stop sweating."

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "I don't like when players wear a lot of make uand then wipe it off on their jerseys. Just don't take the time to put it on." 

Nickolette Driesse
Penn State #23

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "Lol my most embarrassing thing on the field was probably when I used to have my nose pierced & I would wear a clear stud to try and hide it until one day a ref asked me to remove it but I told him it was a booger. He said sorry and continued referring lol."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "Probably when I was called into the last u20 camp and made final roster for the u20 World Cup in Canada!"

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Not having prewrap for my hair or shinguards OR .. My big o' thighs haha"

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "When the same girl is complaining to the ref over the littlest things" 


Taylor Racioppi

Duke #7 

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "One time I was playing in a game when it was pouring rain. Everyone was drenched, our uniforms were sticking to us, it was a mess. Anyways I went in for a slide tackle. I missed the ball and the field was so wet that I traveled farther than I should’ve and my shorts went down to my knees (thank goodness for spandex!)."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "Duke beating UNC my freshman year (this year), simply because it’s a huge rivalry game for us. The emotion that went into that game was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I had so much fun playing and being surrounded by my teammates that night."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Jeans. If anyone knows where to get a good pair for soccer girl legs please help a sister out!"

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "Smelly pinnies (not pennies)!"

Liisi Vink-Lainas

Penn State #19

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "I thought I heard a whistle on a throw in so I caught the ball when it was thrown to me... There was no whistle."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "Making it to the final four of course"

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Turf burns and bruises."

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "Dirty/unclassy players."

Malinda Allen
Duke #22

 

Q. What's your favorite soccer story? 

A. "The journey of this current Duke team is my favorite story. The way we have come together over the past year has been truly amazing. This NCAA tournament with some of my best friends has been an exciting journey."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "The camera has a knack for finding any and every weird face that I make."

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "My teammate Kara Wilson and I look pretty similar especially on the field and on video. Our coaches, teammates and sometimes we can't even tell each other apart on film."

(UMM TRUE!!!)

 

Danielle Duhl
Duke #23

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?
A. "One time I thought I packed a pair of gloves for a tournament and ended up forgetting one glove. It was so cold I had no choice but to wear just one  – it looked very silly and was very embarrassing."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story? 
A. "Has to be beating our archrival UNC for the first time in 10 years this season. I sprinted so fast to the dog-pile – and shed a tear or two."

Q. what's your biggest soccer girl prob?
A. "I have two major soccer girl probs- I have a lot of hair so I always end up underestimating how much pre-wrap I need and it breaks every time. I also cannot seem to make it up stairs like a normal human being ever. Somehow they become harder than our weight exercises."    

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve? 
A. "When either the corner flag is in the way and you feel like you might hit it during a corner kick, or there isn’t enough room to back up to take the kick. That struggle is so real."

Mary Taylor Love
Duke #14

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "Most embarrassing thing would have to be at a U11 tournament one of my teammates thought it would be funny to run up behind me and "pants" me during warmup. Let's just say, I really regretted not wearing sliders that day."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "My freshman year of high school, my club team, which had a partnership with Chelsea at the time, took a trip England. We went to a Premier League match where Fulham played Norwich City and were sitting right behind the goal to see Clint Dempsey score and make an assist for Fulham.  We also trained at the Chelsea training grounds in Cobham and took a behind the scenes tour of Stamford Bridge."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Putting on a bathing suit for first time in the summer and everyone knowing what sport you play because they can see how high you wore your socks all season."

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "Biggest pet peeve is when coach says "you won't need your cleats tomorrow."

 

Angela Widlacki

#8 Penn State

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "One time at the Disney showcase (ah, a classic) we were down 2-0 at the half and came back to win 3-2, but the most intense moment was when I somehow broke my pinky giving our keeper a celebratory hug after the game."

Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "The one that's happening now, I could not be more proud of my teammates. Call me biased but there's not a team out there like the family we are."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "STUPID KNEES haha I've had 4 surgeries, 3 on the left and now 1 on the right"

Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "When people steal your socks throughout the season and suddenly you're left with 2 lefts"

 

Caroline Brockmeier
#1 Florida State

 

Q. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you on the field?

A. "When I was about 12 years old, it was a breakaway and as I was retreating back into the goal I tripped and fell in a hole and they ended up scoring. It was extremely embarrassing but we still won fortunately."

 Q. What's your favorite soccer story?

A. "Favorite soccer story is winning the National Championship in 2014 and having the opportunity for a repeat in 2015."

Q. What's your biggest soccer girl prob?

A. "Biggest soccer girl prob is the fact that after I take off my goalkeeper gloves my hands still smell for a while even after washing my them. That or I am constantly hungry."

 Q. What's your biggest soccer pet peeve?

A. "When the other teams bench acts like they are cheerleaders."

 

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