November 19, 2008

Q and A: Soccer Player Abby Jensen

Nov. 19, 2008

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

Eagle senior Abby Jensen and the rest of the women's soccer team finished the 2008 season in style in their final two games, defeating Northern Colorado 1-0 on Oct. 26 to eliminate the Bears from postseason competition and taking down the Montana Grizzlies in overtime 3-2 on 0ct. 31.

Jensen, a midfielder from Sandpoint, Idaho, tallied a goal against NCAA Championship Second Round participant South Dakota State and also had an assist in Eastern's goal in a 4-1 loss to Portland State on Oct. 19.

The senior scored nine goals in her career, the fourth-most by an Eagle in history. She also has 20 career points, which is good for fifth all-time at Eastern. Jensen received honorable mention Big Sky Conference honors this season, as well as in 2006 and 2007.

Jensen has earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic accolades all four years while at Eastern.

Q: After playing your last game as an Eagle a couple weeks ago, how are you feeling about your career at EWU?

A: "My career was amazing.  I feel so fortunate to have played with such an amazing group of girls and coaching staff.  I have four years of great memories thanks to my team."

Q: How did you feel after the overtime victory against Montana in your last game as an Eagle?

A: "It was nice to end my collegiate career with a win. Thanks everyone for making it happen!"

Q: What part of soccer do you enjoy the most?

A: "I enjoyed the team aspect the most.  We all are like sisters, and it made it a lot of fun."

Q: You finished high up on a couple EWU record lists - what do those mean to you?

A: "The records come from playing hard and having a good team behind you. I'm sure the girls still on the team are going to tear those records apart, so I don't really think about them."

Q: What was it like balancing academics and athletics as a student-athlete?

A: "It could be a challenge, but we had great coaches and they stressed academics and worked with our schedules."

Q: What is the best part of your game?

A: "After four years I'm pretty sure my role on the team was to be the distributor.  I played right in the middle of the park and got the ball to where it needed to be."

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could have one teammate with you, who would it be and why?

A: "Jocelyn Bement because she has a delightful signing voice. She would keep me entertained."

Q: What are your plans for after you graduate?

A: "Travel and move around, then maybe come back for my MBA (master's degree in business administration) in a few years."

Q: Who have been the most influential people in your academic and athletic career while at Eastern?

A: "Definitely my coaches and teammates. They have made this an amazing experience."

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