Redshirt junior Brielle
Preece, the starting goalkeeper for the Pepperdine women's soccer team,
recently earned the WCC Player of the Week award for her efforts against DePaul
and Northwestern. She tells us about her outstanding start of the season and
their team's goals for the rest of the season:
Q: Who influenced you to start playing soccer?
A: My parents put me in soccer to begin with but one person who really inspired me was my coach Dave. When I was really young and playing rec soccer he inspired me and pushed me to be a goalie.
Q: How does it feel, as the starting goalkeeper, to be such an integral part of the team this year?
A: It feels great. It's been a long time coming, personally. The past three years I've been behind a really amazing goalie, Hannah Seabert, but it just makes it even better knowing that I put in three years of hard work leading up to this year and then finally earning the spot.
Q: What were your goals going into this year, knowing you'd be the starting goalkeeper?
A: I don't think that I knew I was going to be the starting goalie because things always change. It was a goal of mine to be a starter but I was also just aiming to be the best player that I can be and to be a leader on this team who can inspire the girls.
Q: How did it feel to win the WCC Player of the Week award?
A: It was honestly kind of shocking. It was not something I ever expected. I remember getting a text message from one of my teammates that said, "Congrats!" and I was really confused because I didn't know what it was for. Winning it was really motivational because it was a testament for all of the hard work that I have put in.
Q: You were leading the WCC in goals-against average. Can you tell us a little bit about your mindset going into each game?
A: My mindset going into each game is to get the job done. I think that the average is an average for our entire defensive line. It's not just me making stops, it's the whole team. I think the mindset is that if everyone does their part, we have a good chance at success.
Q: You had an amazing game against UCLA this past weekend with a career high of nine saves. How did it feel for the Waves to tie the #1-ranked team, UCLA?
A: It was awesome! It was a feeling that all of our hard work has been put into action and is finally showing. Coming off of that win is what really inspired us to really complete the mission on Sunday and defeat UCI. It was a great feeling collectively because I think everyone played outstanding.
Q: How are you feeling about the rest of your season, coming off of last year's WCC conference championship?
A: We're all really excited. I think we have the opportunity to do some really amazing things this season. We're all motivated going into conference to complete each mission by taking each game one at a time.
Q: What are your plans after this year?
A: I'm a redshirt junior so my plan is to come back and play one more season next year. Then after graduation I plan on going to physical therapy school.