Senior captain has high expectations for 2010 squad, as the Eagles prepare to take on Seattle University this Friday at home
Record-breaking Brittany Sparks is, once again, looking past the sixth-place preseason prediction and focusing on one thing for the 2010 soccer team: the title of Big Sky Champs.
Sparks was a driving factor in the success of Eastern Washington University’s soccer team last season as she set the school’s single season record for goals (11), points (22) and game winners (3). She plans to surpass all of those records this season.
Sparks also tied Eastern’s career record for goals, as she has now tallied 14 total in her three-year career. Sparks was among the top 10 in the Big Sky Conference in seven different categories, including the best goals per game average of 0.65. Not only was her goals per game average the best in the league, but it also ranked 31st among all NCAA Division I players.
Q: Last season you set the school’s single season record for goals, points and game winners. What are your individual and team goals for this season?
A: “My individual goal for this season is to beat my record of last year. And, my team goal is to win Big Sky.”
Q: Last season was a huge comeback-season for soccer, as the Eagles were picked eighth then finished second. This season you’re picked sixth. What are your expectations for the conference this year?
A: “The ranking doesn’t really matter much to me. In my opinion it’s a win-win situation. If you’re ranked first, you have to go out and defend that honor, but if you’re ranked last then you have nothing to lose. By being ranked sixth, we can only go up, and I’m confident we will because I know that we’re a really good team this year.”
Q: You suffered a knee injury in 2007. How is your body feeling as you head into the 2010 season?
A: “My knee is 100 percent right now. I don’t really have to worry about my knee anymore. I am totally healthy right now, which makes me excited for the season.”
Q: What will be the biggest obstacle to overcome this season?
A: “We have to play together as a team and not slow the pace of the game. We have to work through the middle instead of just going forward all the time. It will be important to play with each other and connect passes.”
Q: If you have one, what is your pre-game ritual?
A: “I always listen to my IPod before a game; usually the same songs. As a team, we always stand around in a circle and talk about goals and what each individual person is going to work on during the game. Then we say a prayer.”
Q: You’re obviously very talented in soccer, but, what other talent do you wish you had?
A: “I would like to be able to sing and dance.”
Q: What are you post-graduation plans?
A: “I plan on going to grad school and getting my masters in marketing. “