Sept. 21, 2007
Northwest Spotlight: Midfielder Brittany Cash
This week's Northwest Spotlight is on midfielder Brittany Cash, a senior from Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Mo.
Cash is a starting midfielder for the Northwest soccer team. She leads the team in total games played for her collegiate career, 63. During her career she has compiled over 40 shots and seven points.
Spotlight caught up with Cash earlier today:
NS: Coming from high school you were named "Miss Soccer". What does that award mean?
BC: It was for my dedication to the team and the effort I put towards the team. I just tried to work as hard as I could in every game.
NS: You're a big Lord of the Rings fan. Who is your favorite character?
BC: It would have to be Pippen because he is a main character, but not the lead character. He brings so much energy to the group. He's a little happy guy.
NS: What makes soccer so enjoyable for you?
BC: like the team atmosphere. I like all the girls and the bond I have with them. I really like the physical games. It's nice to leave the game knowing I played a hard game.
NS: Which major league soccer player do you think you model your game after?
BC: I'd like to think I bend it like Beckham.
NS: What do you think of the U.S. soccer team doing so well in the world championships?
BC: I love it. I think it is great for them to go out there and show the world that the United States can be just as good as some of the best teams. They are doing really well and they are showing teams how we do it here in the U.S.
NS: Why do you wear No. 11?
BC: It was my best friend's number and he talked me into wearing it.
NS: With being in a younger program how have you seen the program grow?
BC: The fan base has grown a lot and more people know about our program. Northwest soccer has leaped in building steps from a 3-13 season to a nine win season a year ago. We've really started to build a complete program.
NS: Does being a senior add any pressure?
BC: It feels like I shouldn't have a bad game because I don't want to let the team down. I try to act like a leader on and off the field. I feel like I should be a leader all the time.
NS: There are quite a few younger players on this team. What advice do you give to them?
BC: I tell them to keep doing what their doing. All of our freshmen are working really hard and doing a really good job. I tell them to keep their heads up no matter what even if we lose a few games, to play hard and never get down on yourself.
NS: How have you seen this team improve leading up to your win against Wayne State Tuesday?
BC: We're getting better at attacking and making our attacks count. We still had 24 shots and only two goals, but that is still two more that will count. We are getting better at working together, and we are just now learning each others playing styles.
NS: At the luncheon the other day, coach Hoza labeled you one of the best soccer players in Northwest history. How did you react to that?
BC: It's really nice to hear coach say that. You usually don't get a lot of recognition especially as a defensive player. It's nice to know someone is appreciative of the work you put in.
NS: Do you have any personal goals for this year?
BC: I want to score. I haven't scored since my freshman year. My coach made a deal with me my sophomore year that if I scored four goals in one year, which doesn't seem that hard, she would get a tattoo of my choice.
NS: What would the tattoo be and where would you have her put it?
BC: It would be SpongeBob, so I'm trying really hard to score four goals. I think she'll get to choose where it's at, but I'd put it on her ankle, something not too visible.
NS: Describe coach Hoza in three words?
BC: Dependable, caring and unpredictable.
NS: What do you plan to do after you graduate?
BC: Move to Chicago and be a middle school teacher. I want to go there because I like the city and kind of just want to get away and be somewhere new.
Cash and the Northwest soccer team face Emporia State at 2 p.m. this afternoon. They also play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against 15th-ranked Washburn.
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