Q & A with Veronica Perez-Murillo

Sept. 21, 2007

The Washington women's soccer team is in the midst of a hectic stretch of five games during an 11-day span. The Huskies visit the state of Utah this weekend, playing at Utah on Saturday and at Brigham Young on Monday.

Sophomore forward Veronica Perez-Murillo has started four games for the Huskies this season. She has one assist and has yet to find the back of the night in five shots.

GoHuskies.com caught up with Veronica this week.

GoHuskies.com: How has the season gone so far?

Veronica Perez-Murillo: 'I think that we had a rough start. We haven't had the results that we expected, but we are fighting through that and we expect to do well this weekend.'

GoHuskies: The Huskies battled third-ranked Portland Wednesday before allowing a late goal. Would you comment on that Portland game?

VPM: 'I thought our defense was really good. We fought for the entire game and the way we gave up the goal was just really unfortunate.'

GoHuskies: The game on Wednesday was your third in six days. How hard was that?

VPM: 'I don't think we've ever done that before. There are definitely some tired legs, especially for those who played the full 90 minutes in the two previous games. We were definitely feeling it.'

GoHuskies: What are your thoughts going into the road trip to Utah?

VPM: 'We are excited and expecting to get two wins. We played BYU last year (a 1-0 loss) and it was a good game. As for the altitude, I played in Colorado when I was younger, but I don't recall the altitude being a problem.'

GoHuskies: How difficult are road trips?

VPM: 'They are tough just because we are sort of stuck in the hotel all day. There isn't a lot to do because we aren't at home so it is a different atmosphere for us. The crowds make it harder too. They are not just cheering for the other team, they are yelling things at us when we're on the field, but I think that pumps us up.'

GoHuskies: What do you do in your off day on the road?

VPM: 'We sleep in a little bit. For an hour or two we will walk around the city and look around some. At some point we have a light workout or a pool workout just to recover and stay loose. We need to take most of the day off just to recover and get some rest.'

GoHuskies: What would you consider your strength as a player?

VPM: 'Holding the ball and making runs. I try to be crafty and keep the ball for our team. During the summer I worked on my ball skills and tried to get my shot quicker so I could be more of an offensive threat.'

GoHuskies: Your second year of school starts on Wednesday. Do you have any major or post-graduate plans yet?

VPM: 'I'm not too excited just because it's hard with practice and everything, but it's school. I know a little more this year about time management that will help me out. I still haven't decided my major, but I'm thinking either psychology or sociology. Obviously I'd like to keep playing soccer, but coaching is definitely something that I'm interested in.

GoHuskies: Thank you for your time Veronica and good luck this weekend.

VPM: Thank you.

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