Q&A With Goalkeeper Melissa Onstad
Sept. 3, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
A freshman from Castro Valley, Calif., goalkeeper Melissa Onstad and the Beavers got the season off to a blazing start defensively by shutting out their first two opponents of the year. Onstad stopped four San Diego State shots in a 1-0 win on Aug. 29, and 12 more - the most by an OSU keeper since October, 2001 - against San Diego on Aug. 31, as the teams played to a scoreless draw. Both opponents posted 11 or more wins last year.
Here's what Onstad had to say in a recent question-and-answer session about her experience at OSU so far:
TALK ABOUT THE FIRST TWO GAMES - A PAIR OF SHUTOUTS IS A NICE WAY TO START.
'The first game, I was really nervous, but the second game, I felt a lot more confident. That's probably the reason why I played better.'
WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS THE REST OF THE WAY?
'My personal goal is to keep the shutouts going.'
HOW IS THE ADJUSTMENT GOING AS A FRESHMAN ADJUSTING TO COLLEGE LIFE?
'It's going well. I like it a lot here; I like the school. I'm having a good time.'
WHAT WAS IT THAT MADE YOU CHOOSE OREGON STATE?
'A lot of things - the soccer program, the coaches, the school, the academics. It was a combination of things - the facilities here are great and the people are great.'
TALK ABOUT THE TEAM'S RECENT TRIP TO COSTA RICA.
'It was just an overall great experience. I'd never traveled outside of the country. I didn't get to play against the (Costa Rican) national team, but the overall experience was great.'
ANY HIGHLIGHTS ON THE TRIP?
'We went to an orphanage one day, and I enjoyed that. We played soccer with the kids, which was fun.'
ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR YOU'VE LEARNED HERE THAT HAS HELPED YOU OUT?
'Tons of things. Overall, I think I've improved already even though it's only been a couple of weeks. My goalkeeper coach (Colin McMillen) is great - he's really helping me out a lot.'
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO MENTION?
'I'm just having a good time.'