Last week Casey Short, a dominant defender for the Florida State Seminoles, was drafted fifth overall by the Boston Breakers in the NWSL Draft and was nice enough to answer a few questions for us … so let’s get to know one of the newest members of the Boston Breakers:
What inspired you to pursue soccer professionally?
Ever since I was a little girl watching the US Women’s National team play and seeing them play in the WUSA and WPS, it was my dream to one day become a professional soccer player.
This has been an incredible year for your athletic career, and now as you move into the NWSL and join the Boston Breakers, what do you hope to learn or what skills do you hope to improve while on the team?
It is honestly a dream come true to be able to join the Boston Breakers. I hope to continue to learn the outside back position, improve upon my service into the box and to get into the attack and be dangerous.
You bring a lot of experience along with you especially considering that you were a member of the U-20 and U-23 WNT. Were there any experiences while playing for the national team that helped to shape the way you currently play?
I’ve had the privilege of being able to play for some of the best coaches in the country with the national team and I have been able to learn a lot from each of them. The U-20 World Cup was an experience like no other. Being able to play against international competition is a whole new level on such a huge stage. All of these experiences have certainly shaped my current playing style.
Throughout your college career what game(s) were most memorable?
The first game I ever played for Florida State is a game that I will always remember. Not only because it was my first game as a Seminole but also because I scored two goals. It was such a great feeling to make an impact in my first game. The other game that is the most memorable would be my very last game. This was the first final four game that I played in so it was certainly memorable to make it that far, but the game was also like a roller coaster. Penn State went up 1-0 on us in the second half and we came back to tie it up in just the last few seconds of regulation. Unfortunately, only moments later in the first minute of overtime they scored the golden goal.
Your versatility on the field is undeniable; you have been given the opportunity to play forward, midfield and defender. What position did you feel most comfortable at and why?
Ironically, even though I have the least experience at left-back, I actually feel the most comfortable there. When I began playing there for Florida State I was a little weary because I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it. My coaches gave me a lot of feedback and really helped to me learn the position and I fell in love with it. I still have some learning to do, but I would say this is the position I am most comfortable at.
The performance from the USWNT in the 2012 Olympics has inspired many girls to play soccer, and it’s possible quite a few would like to pursue it on a university level. In your experience what was it like to balance your studies while maintaining your training schedule?
Between ODP and national camps, at a young age I was forced to learn how to balance school and soccer and I think it really helped me carrying over into college. In college, they make balancing your studies even easier by providing helpful resources such as tutors and study hall. Staying focused and having these tools are what allowed me to be successful in managing school and soccer.
Did you make any resolutions for 2013?
My number one resolution for 2013 is to get a six-pack. I’d like to believe I am slowly but surely getting there. My second resolution is to stop eating ice cream. Everyone who knows me is in utter shock when I tell them this because I was literally addicted to ColdStone, however, I am sticking to it so far.
I used to play soccer in university and back then before every game I would listen to a random song by either Hanson, or the Spice Girls. What music do you listen to in order to get energized before a game?
To get pumped up, I listen to mostly rap before the game. But the one song I have to listen to before every game is ‘I Believe’ by Yolanda Adams. It’s from the movie Honey and always gets me ready before the game.
A follow up question to that would be what are your pre-game rituals?
Other than listening to that song, I have to wear pink pre-wrap in my hair for the game. I don’t have any other rituals other than those two things.
Congratulations once again to Casey Short on becoming a member of the Boston Breakers. I would also like to thank Casey Short for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions.