Q & A with Shuree Hyatt

Oct. 25, 2007

The Washington women's soccer team completes a three-game homestand this weekend against their Northwest rivals from the state of Oregon. The Huskies host Oregon State on Friday (Oct. 26) and Oregon on Sunday (Oct. 28).

Senior Shuree Hyatt (Kent, Wash./Kentlake) leads Washington with five goals, including three goals in the last four games. Shuree spent a few minutes this week with GoHuskies.com and talked about the season.

GoHuskies.com: What is the key to your recent scoring surge?

Shuree Hyatt: 'I'm a lot more comfortable on the ball. It took about half the season for me to be like that, but I'm starting to get more confidence after that first goal. It's probably like that for everyone - after you get the first goal it's like 'okay I can do this.''

GoHuskies: :You missed most of last season with an injury. Have you had any lingering effects of the injury and how have you been fitness-wise?

SH: 'No, I don't think about the injury and I've been fine with fitness.'

GoHuskies: What does someone do in the off-season while coming off an injury?

SH: 'You make sure you do rehab, get it fully ready for the season. If you can't run, do the bike get some kind of cardio.'

GoHuskies: You lost 2-1 to Washington State last Friday despite out shooting the Cougars 16-6. What are your thoughts on that game?

SH: 'Obviously we did dominate the whole game and one of their goals they had was just on our transition it was really unlucky. Their first goal was just deflected into the goal, you couldn't even tell who scored it. We had one that hit the post, one that essentially crossed the line but the ref didn't see it - it was just an unlucky and unfortunate game. It sucks that we did play hard and our coaches were really proud of us and we didn't let down but it just didn't fall for us.'

GoHuskies: You have another chance this weekend against Northwest rivals. What do you expect this weekend?

SH: 'We want to come out 2-0 against the Oregons and I feel like we deserve it because we've been working hard all practice and all season and I think it's about time for it to fall for us.'

GoHuskies: What is the difference between playing here at home vs. road games?

SH: 'So much. A lot of times on the road you're sitting in a hotel room just waiting whereas here at home you're doing your own thing, you're at home and then the fans are amazing. Plus we have the highest attendance of fans in the Pac-10 which is awesome so it's just totally a different atmosphere playing here at home.'

GoHuskies: Is the Pac-10 conference season different than the non-conference part of the schedule?

SH: 'It is, the Pac-10 is so much more different than our non-conference. Every team is good in the Pac-10 vs. our non-conference. In non-conference you hit some teams that are alright and some that are ranked but in the Pac-10 you have to come out every game.'

GoHuskies: People say that the Husky football team has the toughest schedule in the country, but you may be in the same position. Five of the top six teams in the country are on your schedule along with three other ranked opponents. What are your thoughts about that?

SH: 'It's fun, I love a challenge and I don't think it would be the same if you didn't play teams like that. It makes us work harder in practice and when game day comes it's just so fun.'

GoHuskies: On this team, with so many young players, do you serve a leadership role?

SH: 'Yeah I think all of the upper classmen have done a good job at integrating them. The freshmen are amazing. It wasn't even hard to get along, like we got along instantly. I think for the freshmen coming in they were all nervous but everyone's been through that so we know how to pick them up and take them in.'

GoHuskies: You transferred from the University of San Francisco prior to last season. How was your transition to Washington?

SH: 'It was great, it was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Everyone and the coaches were welcoming.'

GoHuskies: What is your status academically?

SH: 'I'm only taking one class. I'm graduating in December, so it's pretty easy.'

GoHuskies: What is your major?

SH: 'I'll get a degree in Sociology and then we'll see what happens in the future.'

GoHuskies: What then would you like to pursue as a profession?

SH: 'I might want to get into teaching or something like that. I'd like to teach elementary school. I love kids. I also plan to play for the Sounders.'

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

SH: 'Thank you.'

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