Hailey Stenberg, a freshman
midfielder for the Pepperdine women's soccer team, has scored three goals in
WCC play so far and has helped the team to first place in the conference. She tells
us about how the team has found success, as well as her own:
Q: You have had some big wins so far in WCC play. What do you think is making your team so strong so far?
A: I think the fact that we are all really on the same page has a huge impact on the success we are having. Everybody is working as hard as they can toward one common goal that we have set for ourselves, which is to win the WCC and to make it to the tournament. We are also a really humble team. We try to make sure we aren't caught up in our wins and are always looking forward to our next opponent, rather than the one we just played.
Q: You have scored three goals in WCC play. What has personally made you so successful?
A: Honestly, the support that I have received from everybody has been the biggest part of my success, along with all of the work that I have been able to put in outside of practice with my teammates. I am also extremely competitive, so that drive to win and get better every single day has been huge for me.
Q: You mentioned being able to get a lot of work outside of practice. What has that looked like?
A: I work a lot with Emily Tanaka and some other girls after practice on shooting. But also I work a lot with the coaches on getting my form and how I approach the shot. I think those two things have really helped me during the game situations.
Q: As a freshman, how has the adjustment from high school to college soccer gone so far?
A: It has been really fun! It feels as though I haven't had too much trouble with the transition, and I am really enjoying my time so far.
Q: What about academically? How different is college than high school?
A: It is definitely a lot tougher! But I am slowly getting used to the workload, so it's not too bad.
Q: How do you like Pepperdine so far?
A: I love it, and couldn't imagine being anywhere else, honestly.