Senior captain Eva Clark of Castleton women’s soccer has four goals and three assists in 15 games for the Spartans and is a strong force in the Castleton midfield. Her team is currently four in the North Atlantic Conference, but looks to make a strong push into the playoffs, facing conference opponents in three out of the last four games.
Q. First question is what is your major and plans after college?
A. My major is Communications and my minor is Advertising. I hope to take a trip and travel somewhere before I dive into the real world, but I'm going to apply for jobs in Burlington and Boston. I think I'll start off working in Burlington for a few years before I end up moving out-of-state. But who knows?
Q. Did you play or participate in any sports other than soccer in high school?
A. In high school I played soccer, basketball and I did track and field.
Q. How long have you been playing soccer?
A. I've been playing soccer since I was three or four.
Q. What are your goals for this season, coming off of a successful 2015 where you earned NAC All Conference First Team Honors?
A. Our team had a few goals set for this season, with the first step being making playoffs. But the major goal would be winning the NAC championship. Our class of seniors has never won it, and finally raising that plaque would be the best way to top off our careers. We also have the goal of winning NCAA games, but we've just been trying to take the season game-by-game and not get ahead of ourselves.
Q. What’s it like scoring a goal?
A. Seeing a goal scored by your team, whether it’s by you or a teammate, is one of the most satisfying feelings ever–it's an automatic energy-booster for the entire team.
Q. As a senior you are considered a leader of the team, especially to the younger players. How does it feel to be someone that everyone looks up to for advice on and off the field?
A. It's awesome being a person that the team looks up to and it's important to take that role seriously. You want your teammates to feel like they always have someone they can depend on here at college.
Q. Who is your role model and why?
A. I'd definitely say that my role models are my parents. Their work ethics are tremendous and I'm very lucky that I can always count on them for anything–advice, support, constructive criticism. This is so sappy but I really don't know who I'd be without them.
Q. Who is your favorite professional athlete?
A. I have a bunch of favorite professional athletes, current and former…it's impossible to pick just one…but the list includes Mia Hamm, Alex Morgan, Lauren Holiday, Lionel Messi, John LeClair, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A. Free time isn't really a thing when you're in season. But in the off season or in the summers I love spending quality time with my friends and family, being outside, and reading good books. I'm also excited to start going to the yoga classes on campus and to free skate/stick and puck in Rutland.