Q&A With Brianna Monka.

Sept. 25, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. -- -

After a solid freshman season last year in which she was the Beavers second leading points scorer with seven goals and three assists, Brianna Monka is poised for an even better season this year. She has already tallied four goals this season and is the early points leader for this young Beaver squad. The Camarillo, Calif., native is a big threat coming out of the midfield and her aggressive play and feel for the game makes her very dangerous for opposing teams to contain. The following is a recent interview with Monka:

YOU SCORED 7 GOALS LAST YEAR AND HAVE COME OUT STRONG WITH 4 GOALS THIS YEAR. WHAT CHANGES, IF ANY, DID YOU DO IN THE OFF-SEASON TO PREPARE FOR THIS SEASON?

'Just being familiar with the team. The new team is awesome and they totally contribute to the progression of my game.'

WHAT DO YOU FEEL ARE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTHS ON THE SOCCER FIELD?

'I'm really aggressive and I have a real passion to play, so that helps too.'

WITH THE INJURY TO SENIOR Courtney Carter, DO YOU FEEL MORE PRESSURE THIS YEAR TO STEP UP AND BECOME THE TEAM'S GO-TO TARGET?

'Yeah, kind of. She is obviously the leader of the team and everything, but there are a lot of leaders out on this team so I will do my best to help out.'

HAVE YOU SET ANY PERSONAL GOALS FOR YOURSELF THIS SEASON?

'I just want to go out and play 110 percent and give it my all every time I go out onto the field.'

WITH THE PAC-10 SEASON COMING UP SOON, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THIS TEAMS GROWTH SINCE THE START OF THE SEASON?

'I think we are going to do well this season. I know that. This group is just awesome and we are playing more and more like a team.'

WHAT'S BEEN YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT PLAYING SOCCER FOR OSU?

'I love the people and the coaches. They're all awesome.'

YOUR MAJOR IS APPAREL DESIGN, WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE THIS TYPE OF WORK?

'I've always been interested in art and clothing. It would be really cool to make my own clothes and not have to go out and buy them all the time.'

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WUSA AND HOW THEY FOLDED AFTER ONLY THREE YEARS OF PLAY?

'I am really disappointed in that. Hopefully after the world cup they will get more money and start it back up again because I would really love to play after college.'

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