Q&A with Freshman Forward Cassie Black

Courtesy of Alyssa Askew - Big Sky Conference

Eastern Washington soccer forward Cassie Black took the time out of her busy schedule in the middle of conference season to answer some questions for the Big Sky Conference.  Black talks about her freshman year thus far, Eastern's outlook on conference season, and some of her favorite things.

Black, a freshman from Battle Ground, Wash., already has five goals in her freshman season.  She is tied for second in the league for total number of goals.  Black is one of 10 freshman on the Eastern Washington roster.

Eastern is 1-8-0 overall and 0-1 BSC.  The Eagles will travel to Idaho State and Weber State for games on Oct. 13 and Oct. 15.

Q: How/why did you start playing soccer?
A: I started playing soccer when I was four because all of my older siblings played.

Q: What is the biggest difference you notice from high school soccer and college soccer?
A: The biggest difference I notice between high school soccer and college soccer is that college soccer is more intense. The pace of the game is much faster, it's more physical and practices are more serious and competitive.

Q:  You're second in the league with goals (5).  As a freshman how does this help you and your team coming into the conference season?
A: This helps me because I am more confident stepping onto the field and more comfortable with taking shots. This helps my team because scoring goals is a team effort and as when anyone scores, it's a celebration for the entire team. I couldn't do it without them.

Q: Has your first year been what you expected? Why or why not?
A: My first year has been better than what I expected because all the people have been extra friendly and soccer gets better each game.

Q: What made you choose Eastern Washington?
A: I chose Eastern because I met with Coach Hageage and he and the coaching staff were friendly but intense. They have big plans for the soccer program and I wanted to be a part of them. Also, I loved the Eastern campus and it's the perfect size for me. Academically, they have a great program for my intended major, pre-medicine, biology. 

Q: If you could give some advice to the freshmen to next year's team what would it be?
A: I would tell the freshmen to next year's team to come in shape and ready to play! Also, I would tell them to be confident in their abilities and that they are here for a reason.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in the 2011 conference season?
A: The thing I am looking forward to most is turning around the EWU soccer mentality and showing the rest of the Big Sky Conference that this is a new year and we're ready to play. I also can't wait to see all our hard work pay off.

Q: What expectations do you have for your team in the 2011 conference season?
A: In the 2011 conference season, I expect us to play as a team, fix things that need to be fixed each game and for us to keep working hard.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Cheney?
A: My favorite place to eat in Cheney is probably Zips. I love their Hurricane ice creams.

Q: Favorite thing to do besides playing soccer?
A: My favorite thing to do besides play soccer is to spend time with my three-year-old niece, Rylee.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three people in the world (living or deceased) who would they be and why?
A: If I could have dinner with three people they would be Mia Hamm because she's a huge inspiration, Daniel Tosh because he is hilarious and Walt Disney because I am in love with Disney movies.

Q: Who is your favorite professional athlete?
A: My favorite professional athlete would have to be Landon Donovan.

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