''Corner To Corner'' with Caroline Starns

Dec. 6, 2005

FORT WORTH, Texas - Freshman forward Caroline Starns took some time to answer questions about her first season as a Horned Frog. She appeared in all 17 matches for first-year head coach Dan Abdalla, making 15 starts. She finished the season with two goals and four assists for a total of eight points.

Q: How different is the college game from high school?

A:" I could have never prepared myself for the difference in the game between high school and now being here at college. You prepare your whole career for collegiate soccer, but you are never quite aware how much of a big deal college soccer is. The main difference between high school soccer and college is probably the speed of play and the physical part of the game. Coming in as an 18-year-old, you have to get used to playing against girls sometimes four years older than you and you have to get used to it quickly. I knew coming in that it was definitely going to be a lot of work and the different challenges we've gone through this season were fun. It was good for us that we went through the challenges as a team."

Q:What are your impressions after a season in college soccer?

A:"That it was quite an experience. I have never worked so hard in my life, that's for sure; but also I have never had so much fun. That being said, it is never all fun and no work. We have to run hard and push ourselves to keep getting better; that's just how it works. We really have to focus this spring and get everyone pumped up for next season, so when the new players come in, they see how the program works and that we are a serious team and want to win and grow these next few years."

Q: What was it like growing up with your sisters, who both played soccer at the collegiate level, and how have they helped you with your game?

A:"Not having to go through this experience alone is something that I am truly grateful for. I have two sisters that have done exactly what I am doing right now and know exactly how I am feeling. I guess I don't get much sympathy when I call complaining about weights and running, but instead they give me pointers and ideas on how to get through everything and come out on top. Having Andrea at games is helpful because she knows how I play and what little things I need to do to get that extra step, or get by that last player."

Q: Describe the personality of the team.

A: "Funny. We think that we are hilarious. I was just talking to Angie (Nickens) about it the other day while pushing the cart around the football field. We are obsessed with how funny each of us are. I am not going to lie, I think I am pretty funny.

"On a more serious note, we are hard on each other on the field and then best friends off. I think we have really grown with that aspect of the game this year -- being able to separate the game with off the field stuff because of Coach Abdalla and the other coaches. We hold each other accountable for things which makes each of us better each practice."



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