Q & A With Jenna Robison
Oct. 6, 2008
Husky senior Jenna Robison is looking to finish her career on a high note as she has helped the 2008 UW women's soccer team rebound from three-straight losing seasons with one of the best starts in program history. The team finished its non-conference slate with a 9-2 record, thanks in large part to Robison's game-winning overtime goal against Hawaii two weekends ago. Robison, an All-Pac-10 honorable mention performer in2006, sat down with GoHuskies.com to chat about the exciting goal, her Husky career and much more.
Talk about your game-winning goal in overtime against Hawaii on a free kick (to view goal click here). Were you trying to score or just get it close enough for someone to knock it in?
'At first I was looking to cross it but then I thought I would just go for it and shoot it. So then I just went for it and shot it and hey, luckily it went in. It was funny because at practice on Thursday, that's all we worked on was free kicks and I couldn't make one free kick then so it was funny that I made it on Sunday.'
Have you ever booted in a free kick like that before?
'I did that in one of our spring games so I've done it before in my career but this one was a great feeling because I was coming off the bench and it was in overtime. Putting the goal away at that moment was fun. It was very exciting.'
You've had a knack for coming up with late game-winning goals the last couple of seasons. What's the secret?
'I don't really think about it, but I think I'm kind of a composed player. It just happens to be that way I guess.'
You sat out the entire second half against Hawai'i until just a couple minutes were left, then you came back in and gave the team a spark. What's that like for you to start and then sit that long and have to come back in.
'Last year it would have been more difficult and would have been easier to get out of the flow of the game because our team wasn't as successful but this year you still feel like you're involved in the game. We're so competitive and so deep in our positions so that when you're not playing, it's fun to watch the other people play and you can still be in tune with the game. It's not as hard when you go back on the field.'
Talk about the last three seasons and the struggles you guys had and then being able to turn things around so quickly this season. What has this year been like for you compared to those three seasons and what's turned it around?
'The last three seasons have been quite a struggle but it's been building the program up the whole time and for Melissa and I, this being our senior year, to finally have a winning season is the best feeling ever, knowing we had to go through all the bad seasons and finally getting a good season in. Let's hope it just keeps on rolling.'
It's the halfway point of the season and you guys are ranked No. 18. Does that get you excited for Pac-10 season? Talk about the next stretch of games and how you guys think you stack up against these top-five teams you have to play?
'It's going to be difficult but Portland will be a good game before Pac-10 for us because they're the same level as the top Pac-10 teams so it will be a great experience for us to go in there and compete at that level and see how we do. Hopefully we can go into Pac-10s with a good, upbeat feeling.'
School just started a couple weeks ago. How's that going and are you planning to graduate on time?
'I'm majoring in Sociology and I'm actually almost done with it, I just have two more classes I have to take. I'm getting those out of the way and taking 17 credits this quarter so my winter and spring quarters can be easy. I'm three credits behind so I should hopefully graduate on time but that's why I'm taking 17 this quarter. I'll take 15 in the winter and have a good spring.'
What do you see yourself doing after college?
'In the winter I'm going to start an internship with a company called Onvia, which I got through our academic advisor Rob Post. They are a sales and marketing company so hopefully that will take off.'
What have been some of your best memories as a Husky?
'My favorite memory was actually last year at our Oregon game when I scored the goal to put us up 1-0 and then we got a quick goal to go up 2-0. Beating Oregon is the best because I have a lot of teammates from my club team on their team. To me, they're more of a rival than Washington State. I love beating Oregon.'
Thanks for taking the time out to talk to GoHuskies.com today. Do you have anything else you want to say?
'I just hope the season continues on its path. It's been a great start, it's been fun. It's so much more relaxing to win.'