Q&A With the Cal Women's Soccer Seniors: Gina Pellegrini

Oct. 26, 2009

BERKELEY - This weekend's games against Arizona (Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m.) and Arizona State (Sunday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m.) are the final home games of the 2009 regular season and the final home games for the squad's six seniors. This week, CalBears.com will be running a Q&A with each of the team's six seniors - goalkeeper Rosie Aguilera, defender Brianna Bak, forward Torrey Delaplane, forward Lisa Kevorkian, midfielder Katie Oakes and goalkeeper Gina Pellegrini. CalBears.com had a chance to discuss the seniors' years in Berkeley and what being a part of the Cal women's soccer program has meant to them, and today's participant is Gina Pellegrini.

Gina Pellegrini, who hails from Santa Rosa, Calif., is a senior goalkeeper majoring in mass communications. As of Oct. 26, she has a 5-6-0 record in goal, with 22 saves and a 1.46 goals-allowed percentage. Last year, Gina Pellegrini was the primary goalkeeper, playing in 17 games, starting 15 and notching four shutouts. Pellegrini, the 2008 Italian-American Amateur Athlete of the Year, is a two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention.

CalBears.com: What is your best Cal story or favorite Cal experience?
Gina Pellegrini:
I think I would have to say our trip to Italy this past summer.

CalBears.com: What will you miss most about Cal?
I will miss the team the most. They are all like family to me and I love them so much. It's going to be hard not seeing everyone every day. I'm really going to miss being with my senior class all the time - especially my roommate Brianna Bak!

CalBears.com: What are your career plans and what are you plans after graduation?
After graduation I intend on pursuing a culinary career. If not that, then hopefully working for a food magazine. Being on Food Network would be a dream job.

CalBears.com: Has Cal lived up to or has it been different/better than the expectations you had of it as a freshman?
Aside from the some of the soccer politics over the last four years that have made waves, Cal has been everything I could have ever wanted and more. I would not have changed a thing - everything happens for a reason, and I could not be happier that I came here. I have had an amazing four years, and I can't believe how fast it's flown by!

CalBears.com: What has been the most embarrassing thing in your years at Cal?
I have far too many to share just one.

CalBears.com: What is your favorite place to eat or go in Berkeley?
Intermezzo for breakfast burritos.

CalBears.com: What advice would you give to freshmen?
Don't get caught up in any bull. College flies by! Enjoy every moment that you can because before you know it its going to be time to graduate!

CalBears.com: What made you choose Cal?
Everything. I loved the team and the atmosphere. I felt that being here was being a part of something more than just a team. The coaching staff was awesome, and I loved the culture of Berkeley. There was so other place like Cal, and I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of it.

CalBears.com: Do you have a favorite, goal or play from your years at Cal?
I had an assist in the second round of NCAAs my sophomore year (2007) against Stanford on a free kick from midfield that tied the game in the last two minutes.

CalBears.com: What are your other favorite Cal sports? Do you attend a lot of that sports' games?
Men's basketball and women's lacrosse. I also like football games and go when I can.

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