Get to Know the Women's Soccer Freshman Class

Sept. 28, 2009

Get to Know the Women's Soccer Freshman Class

CalBears.com catches up with the seven freshmen.

BERKELEY - The California women's soccer team has welcomed seven freshmen to the squad for the 2009 season. CalBears.com recently sat down with the class of 2013 to learn more about each player's history, interests and experiences thus far as Golden Bears.

Lauren Battung
Position: Forward/Midfielder
Hometown: West, Calif.
Previous School: Chaminade HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Extremely talented athlete who plays hard outside
• Natural goal scorer with great skill
• Combines well with others but also has excellent 1-v-1 skills
• Could provide an explosive spark to the Cal offense.

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Lauren Battung:
Overall discipline with sleep, scheduling, organization and physical health. Also, having to go to many places throughout the day without a car.

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
LB:
The freedom and meeting new people.

CalBears.com: How did you get started in soccer?
LB:
My dad played soccer in high school and college at UTEP. I watched games with him since I was little. When I was 9, I started out in AYSO after choosing soccer over gymnastics and dance. My first position was goalkeeper.

CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
LB:
I play piano and guitar. And I like to move it, move it.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
LB:
It was fun, eccentric, unique and slightly terrifying.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
LB:
Get a scooter, and if you don't have one, memorize the bus routes and times. Expect a challenge and show respect.

Rachel Clark
Position: Defender
Hometown: Manteca, Calif.
Previous School: Sierra HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Has the potential to be a very good center back
• Will continue to progress at the highest level because she is heavily committed to developing

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprisingly aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Rachel Clark:
Time management. Now we have practice every day along with a major increase in reading for our classes, and I still want to maintain a social life.

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
RC:
I enjoy living in the dorms because I meet new people every day. It's a fun environment

CalBears.com: How did you get started in soccer? What is your favorite part about soccer?
RC:
My parents signed me up for recreational soccer when I was four, and it quickly turned into my passion. My favorite part about the game is the competitiveness that the sport demands.

CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
RC:
I love to dance. I was a cheerleader for my high school during my junior and senior years, and I really miss performing.

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
RC:
I would like people to remember what kind of person I was, over what I did.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
RC:
I thought Berkeley was a place that you could easily get lost in because of the large number of students and organizations. However, I have found that the athletic community is more like a big family, and I feel at home here.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
RC:
I wish someone would have advised me to come to college with a scooter. The amount of walking us freshmen did our first few weeks must have set some kind of record.

Amanda Glass
Position: Defender
Hometown: Danville, Calif.
Previous School: San Ramon Valley HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Very tough, feisty, fast competitor and defender
• As she becomes more confident in her understanding of the Cal system, she will be an integral player for the Bears

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Amanda Glass:
I would have to say time management. It is so easy to get caught up in the whole social aspect, but you have to remember that school is a major priority.

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
AG:
I have met so many cool people, and I'm excited to make even more friends.

CalBears.com: What is your favorite part about soccer? How did you get started in soccer?
AG:
My favorite part about soccer is all the relationships that are made and all the cool places you get to travel. I got started in soccer when I was six-years-old, and I played on what we call a white division team - the Wildflowers.

CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
AG:
Family and friends mean the world to me. I love to shop, listen to music, text, swim and sleep in.

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
AG:
I want people to remember me as a contributor, both on and off the field. Right now I am learning how to contribute from the sidelines because of my injury. I want people to remember that even if you are not on the field, you are still a part of the team, and the team still needs you.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
AG:
Right when I stepped on the Berkeley campus during my junior year of high school, I knew it was where I wanted to go. Now that I am here, it is everything I hoped it would be. I love the campus, my classes, my teammates and the whole town of Berkeley in general. I am very glad I chose Cal.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
AG:
To stay focused on what you want to accomplish - both on the field and in the classroom.

Amanda Groves
Position: Defender
Hometown: Tiburon, Calif.
Previous School: Redwood HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Fast, tenacious and energetic outside defender who loves to get into the attack
• Will provide good depth in the outside back position

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprisingly aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Amanda Groves:
Managing my time here. There is so much to do socially, academically and athletically that it's been challenging to decide when to do everything!

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
AG:
My favorite part about college so far has been living so close to everyone. Whenever I get bored, I can walk down to my friends' dorms, or if it's too far to walk, I'm having a good time on my new scooter.

CalBears.com: How did you get started in soccer?
AG:
I started playing soccer when I was six or so, and loved it because I could run around so much. The other activities I did at the time, like gymnastics and ballet, just weren't as exciting, and there wasn't enough movement.

CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
AG:
During the winter, I love to ski. I was on the ski team at Squaw Valley in Tahoe for about eight years and participated in a lot of races and freestyle competitions. I can't wait for it to start snowing up there this season!

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
AG:
I want people to remember me as the player that always worked my hardest on and off the field.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
AG:
After getting over the fact that Berkeley is my dad's alma mater, I began to love Cal for how unique it is and that it can appeal to almost everyone. It felt huge when I first moved here, but now that I am integrated academically and socially I have found my place within this widely diverse atmosphere.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
AG:
Keep up with your reading! There is so much of it that getting behind can be brutally painful.

Betsy Hassett
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Previous School: Avondale College

What Coaches Are Saying:
• Tireless worker in the midfield
• Very simple yet effective player
• Has a tremendous engine
• Will show great leadership with her international experience

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Betsy Hassett:
It's a whole different country and environment to experience.

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
BH:
Only having two or three two hours of class each day

CalBears.com: What is your favorite part about soccer? How did you get started in soccer?
BH:
I like winning, travelling to different countries and playing every day. I started when I was four, and have played ever since.

CalBears.com: What are your hobbies outside of soccer?
BH:
Surfing, snowboarding and wakeboarding.

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
BH:
That I'm an amazing person and amazing soccer player and amazing friend.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
BH:
That it is a fun, exciting and crazy town.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
BH:
It's not as hard as you imagine. Have fun and enjoy every minute!

Lauren Hein
Position: Goalkeeper
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
Previous School: Tustin HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Technically proficient goalkeeper who is very brave in 1-v-1 situations
• Is fast learning the tactical approach required at the collegiate level in decision making

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Lauren Hein:
Everyone here is so smart, confident and on a path towards something great!

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
LH:
I'm really enjoying living on my own and being independent. It's nice choosing where or when I want to go to things.

CalBears.com: How did you get started in soccer?
LH:
I started soccer in AYSO, coached by dads, and I would pick flowers when the ball wasn't near me. From there, soccer took its course, with practices, games, tournaments and moving up in the level of teams and expectation. Now my life revolves around soccer, but I wouldn't want it any other way. It keeps me healthy, allows me to meet amazing people, and continues to push me to grow as an individual. Plus I would just have way too much free time without it.

CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
LH:
I have hosted two foreign exchange students in the past - a girl from Chile and a girl from Hungary - and my family is currently hosting a boy from Denmark for the year. I have also visited places like Africa, the Galapagos Islands and parts of Europe - Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. I have many friends all over the world and I can't wait to go explore new places.

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
LH:
I would like people to remember how hard I worked in the things I set my heart on. Anyone can accomplish the things they set out to do if they just put in the effort and time and keep a positive attitude.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
LH:
I absolutely loved the atmosphere of Berkeley. There are so many places to go, so many crazy and awesome people to see and a very active area. The place never seems to be quiet, except maybe the morning after the big football games. But one of the greatest things about Berkeley that absolutely struck me was the beautiful view of the bay, especially if you go up in the hills and look out during sunset.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
LH:
Advice that would have been welcome includes...how to open the mailboxes, all the places you can go to use swipes on your Cal1Card, where to find cheap or free parking for visitors and where to park your own scooter. Also, while meeting fellow athletes can build some truly amazing friendships, try to branch out and meet some non-student athletes. Lastly, ask tons of questions to coaches, teammates, and any other upperclassmen you may meet, and go to your academic advisors often - they are awesome.

Samantha Walker
Position: Forward
Hometown: Clayton, Calif.
Previous School: Clayton Valley HS

What the Coaches Are Saying:
• Has great athleticism and potential to play anywhere on the outside
• Extremely hard worker with a great attitude
• Possesses a very good sense of the game

CalBears.com: What has been the hardest, most surprising aspect about transitioning from high school to college?
Samantha Walker:
It is just more time consuming, and you have to be more disciplined.

CalBears.com: What has been your favorite part about college life so far?
SW:
Meeting new people and trying new things

CalBears.com: What is your favorite part about soccer?
SW:
I love the competitiveness of the college game.

CalBears.com: Do you have any unique stories about yourself that set you apart from your teammates?
SW:
I was going up for a header in a high school game and the keeper came down and her teeth hit my head. It left me with a gash in my forehead and her with five missing teeth.

CalBears.com: What would you like people to remember about you after you leave Cal?
SW:
I want to be remembered as a hard worker and someone who can overcome any obstacle.

CalBears.com: What were your initial impressions of Berkeley?
SW:
I have been around Berkeley most my life so I have not been surprised with anything I have seen so far.

CalBears.com: Now that you're in your fifth week of college, what advice do you wish someone had told you about college or would you give to incoming student-athletes?
SW:
Just stay up on your reading. I have not gotten behind yet, but it is really easy to get behind.

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