Captain Q & A with Soccer's Scurich and Miller

Sept. 18, 2007

Women's soccer captains Allison Scurich and Anna Miller talk about their second season as team captains.

What does it feel like to be ranked?
Allison: It's a pretty good feeling to be recognized for our hard work and what we've done thus far, but it doesn't mean much until the end of the season and we make it to the tournament.
Anna: It's a different feeling. We've always been the underdog in the years I've been here so I think it presents a new challenge. Definitely we're excited to be in the place we are.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Allison: I do a few things just throughout the warm-up that I have been consistently doing before every game like 25 juggles before every game because of my number 25, but I don't really have too many special things I do.
Anna: Just little things, I read some quotes before the game, listen to music - Allison and I have a handshake we do before kick-off. Nothing too big.

What are your post-college plans?
Allison: I have to get an internship because I'm a sports management major. I would love to work in professional baseball, preferably with the Giants. That would be my dream job.
Anna: Same as Allison - I'm sports management. Hopefully I'll do an internship next semester and I hope to work maybe for the PGA tour so we'll see how that turns out.

What is your favorite thing about playing soccer?
Allison: Just competing day in and day out is one of my favorite things. Working with teammates and the thrill of winning - at the end it makes it all worth it.
Anna: I just love having 20 best friends. I love hanging out with the girls and I think all the bonding and going through all the hard times and good times really brings you close to other people. You get to know each other on a different level.

How has the captain role made a difference in these past two seasons?
Allison: It hasn't been too big of a difference this year. Last year was a big adjustment. You have to be more aware, pick up the team and set good examples. It's been better this year; I'm a lot more comfortable. Everyone on the team makes our jobs a lot easier, especially now that most of us have been playing together for a year or two.
Anna: It's been interesting definitely. Last year was a big shock. This year I feel more comfortable and feel like I know my role better. I like it and I'm glad I have Allison there with me.

What has been one of your most memorable moments playing Cougar soccer?
Allison: There have been so many. I think the win at Tennessee my sophomore year was such a good victory. We were down 2-0 and came back and tied it in front of 2,000 people against a ranked team. Even this year, we have had some good wins against Gonzaga and Oklahoma State.
Anna: We beat Tennessee there; they were ranked - it was the craziest game. We were all celebrating and the crowd was silent; it was amazing.

Which would you choose: a sports car or diamond jewelry?
Allison: I'd go with the sports car. I don't wear too much jewelry and sports cars are fun to drive. I have a white convertible Mustang and while there isn't much use for it up here, there is in southern California.
Anna: The car, I would get more use out of it. I think the jewelry would stay in the box.

What is a fun fact about you?
Allison: Everyone knows I'm a die-hard Giants fan. I live for the Giants - everything I talk about is Giants.
Anna: I used to play the piano.

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