Q & A Session With Courtney Carter.
Oct. 2, 2003
CORVALLIS, Ore-- - After a junior season that saw her emerge as the team's leading goal-scorer, things looked bright for Courtney Carter in 2003. Coming off a season where she led the team in goals and points, was second in shots, and fourth in assists, she was poised to return as one of the team's main scoring threats. She was named one of the team's co-captains this year, but an unfortunate tackle in an exhibition game in Costa Rica ended her season before it began. She broke both her fibula and tibia in her left leg in the team's second match in Costa Rica against the professional squad Desamparados on Aug. 15 in a collision with the opponent's goalkeeper. This is a recent interview regarding her injury, the team's outlook, as well as life off the field.
HOW IS THE LEG DOING, AND HOW LONG WILL THE REHABILITATION PROCESS BE?
'It's ok. It hurts still, but it's doing better. Its bone healing and since I didn't have surgery with the rod, it takes a lot longer. I saw the doctor yesterday and he wants me off the crutches as soon as possible, but it hurts to put weight on it so I think I will be off the crutches in two weeks, which will make it a total of ten weeks.
HOW DISAPOINTING WAS IT TO GO DOWN WITH A SEASON-ENDING INJURY IN THE PRESEASON?
'I'm not going to lie, it was hard. It was kind of crazy how it all happened, because I was just over my other injury and I was really excited to be able to play again. I was really at peace with it after about a day because it was going to be my last year, but I was doing a lot of praying and I just said lord I give you this year and just bless it and what happens is your will. When I broke my leg, I knew that it was broken and that I was done for the season and I was wondering how do I deal with this. It was hard to deal with the pain and it was just frustrating that you couldn't do everything you were so used to doing.'
DOES YOUR INJURY GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE ON BEING A COLLEGE STUDENT, SINCE YOU HAVE MORE FREE TIME NOT HAVING TO GO TO PRACTICE AND TRAVEL ON THE ROAD?
'Well, yes and no. No because I only haven't gone on two trips. I did travel once and I do go to practice. I don't go to the locker room but I do try to be around the girls as much as possible because I miss them. In terms of student wise, I just pretty much focus on being a student. I really hate this injury though, because I have to park handicap and so I will park and go to class. I really miss walking down to the quad or walking around campus.'
HOW HAS THIS EXPERIENCE CHANGED YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON SOCCER?
'Good question. It has kind of forced me to be in a more supportive role and take a leadership role from a different angle, which is difficult but very eye opening. Its also a huge learning curve. I have learned a lot from having to lead and be a team member and not being on the field. I never thought that I would redshirt, but then when I did brake my leg, I didn't have to worry about it. I'm not going to leave her without using my four years of eligibility so I will be back next year. I cant leave the girls and I fell in love with this team.'
OBSERVING THIS YEAR'S TEAM FROM THE SIDELIINES, WHAT DO YOU FEEL ARE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THIS YOUNG BEAVERS TEAM?
'For strengths I would say that we are all friends. That is the one thing that I have never experienced on a team before. I feel Costa Rica helped a lot and I believe that we are a very close family, which is hard to find, especially in a collegiate atmosphere. I think that maybe our only weakness is that we can't go out there and forget the past. Yesterday's history and we need to take advantage of every opportunity. Sometimes when you're young, you let things bother you and you need to shake it off.'
IN YOUR PERSONEL BIO, IT SAYS THAT YOU MENTOR A MIDDLE SCHOOLER. WHAT GOT YOU INTERESTING IN MENTORING?
'We have a program through the athletic department and I thought it would be a good opportunity to interact with some kids that would like some mentoring. We would go out weekly and hang out with them and there is a lot of student athletes that do this program.'
YOU'RE MAJORING IN MARKETING, SO WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE YOURSELF DOING AFTER GRADUATION?
'I changed my option to general business, because I really enjoyed my management classes, so I am going to do a little bit of both. Ultimately, I would like to be a Athletic Director at a division 1 collegiate institution. I have a passion for the student athlete and for the whole experience, but who knows where I go from here. I have been blessed with an internship for a pro team for this winter and spring so after that, who knows.'
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE WORLD CUP COMING BACK TO THE STATES AFTER HOSTING THE PREVIOUS CUP?
'I was really disappointed when China said that they couldn't host the tournament. Just because I think that it would be really cool to broaden the games, because the very first cup was in China back in '91. But I am really excited that the U.S. stepped up and embraced it. I think that we are really able to put the spotlight on the cup in terms of marketing it. I am really excited to go up to the semi's on Sunday and check out some of the top level play.'