Meet The Cardinal: Teresa Noyola

Sept. 3, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Teresa Noyola hasn't wasted any time in taking the step up to college soccer. Just three games into her collegiate career, she already has seven points (three goals and one assist) and has been a consistent presence on the field for the Cardinal. The local standout, who graduated from Palo Alto High School, directly across the street from Stanford Stadium, scored all three of her goals over Labor Day weekend and was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week, included on Soccer America's Team of the Week, and today was selected to Soccer Buzz's Team of the Week for her efforts.

Q: You were born in Mexico City. How long did you live there?
A: I only lived there for three years before my family moved to Palo Alto, but we would go back often to visit as I was growing up.

Q: What was your favorite part about living there, and what did you dislike about it?
A: From what I can remember, I loved how warm and family-oriented the culture was (and still is). I also have VERY fond memories of the food, which is something I definitely miss. I do remember that the urban environment of Mexico City was uncomfortable for myself and my family, for example the traffic jams and pollution.

Q: You grew up in Palo Alto and went to high school right across the street from The Farm. Have you always been a Stanford fan?
A: Of course, The Farm is pretty much my backyard! Since I can remember I have been coming to watch Stanford sports teams.

Q: What got you interested in soccer? What made you start and continue to play?
A: Having lived in a country where soccer is part of the culture, I was exposed to the sport when I was very young. I didn't actually start playing until I got to Palo Alto and my parents entered me into a bunch of different sports, soccer included. I loved all sports, but soccer came the most naturally to me. It was the most fluid and engaging to me, and when I started to play more competitively I gave up the other sports.

Q: Being one of the nation's top recruits, what made you choose Stanford over every other school?
A: Although soccer is a huge part of my life, school is just as important to me. I think that Stanford offers a better balance between athletics and academics than any other school in the country. The soccer program is awesome and getting better every year, but I know that I will also be challenged academically and that combination is what I was looking for in a school. The close distance from home was, believe it or not, pretty irrelevant in my decision to come here.

Q: Many people know you're extremely creative with the ball. Have you ever invented your own special move?
A: I don't think I've invented a move that nobody has ever done, but I think I do have some signature moves that seem to work pretty well. Most of my moves come from what I watch in the pros on TV or what I've learned from my coaches, but since a big part of soccer is improvisation you can't always rely on a preset move or group of moves. Sometimes you just have to take what the game gives you and find a solution as you go.

Q: What is something a lot of people might not know about you, do you have any special talents aside from soccer and drumming?
A: I enjoy yoga and have been doing it for about a year. I also like to longboard (skateboard).

Q: In your entire lifetime, what would you consider your most memorable soccer moment?
A: I have been very lucky to have been able to travel around the world with the youth national teams, and all of those trips have been memorable. But I would have to say that scoring the golden goal for my club team (MVLA Mercury) in our under-14 state cup final was my favorite moment.

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