Erika Theisen, River Hill, soccer

Q&A --

November 22, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,Sun Reporter

The senior forward closed out a stellar four-year career Saturday by leading the No. 2-ranked Hawks to the Class 3A state championship. Theisen scored 16 times and assisted on 11 other scores this season, ending her career with 48 goals and 28 assists. A first-team All-Metro selection as a junior and member of the Bethesda Rapids club team, she has accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Maryland, College Park next fall. Theisen has a 3.4 grade point average and is considering a major in kinesiology or sports medicine. Along with playing soccer, Theisen enjoys swimming and photography. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society.

How special has this senior year been for you?

This has probably been the best year ever. We have a great group of girls - we're exactly what a team is. We have everything. We have a special bond because we've been together for a couple years now. We have a great atmosphere at practice. We all love to play soccer and love to work with each other. We have our ups and downs, but we always work through it because there's always someone to help you up when you're not having a good day. We just have a great team this year.

What are the differences between playing high-level club ball and for your high school?

It's a lot different. In club ball, the game is a million times faster. Your touches have to be perfect, and the things you get away with in high school you wouldn't get away with it in club ball at all. It's more laid back playing for the high school, but at the same time you're practicing every day, so it's just as hard.

When you're representing your high school, I know when I go to school I'm proud to say I'm with River Hill soccer. ... I know that club, you just go out there and play. ... But in high school, you're playing for your school name. It's more fun, as well - the school spirit is there, and they're always cheering you on.

What is it about soccer that caught your interest and kept it?

I love the fact that it is a team sport, and I love being on the field and running around. I just feel like I'm improving - I just love the sport so much. ... In soccer, if you take a week off, you come back fresh. I just love the atmosphere, and I've made so many best friends from soccer.

How did the team use last year's state semifinal loss as motivation for this season?

After losing in the semifinals in the last seconds of the second overtime, we were just heartbroken because we knew we could have won that game easily if we would have finished our opportunities. Coming into this year, we all remembered that and remembered how that felt. We just didn't want that to happen again.

What was the biggest goal you scored in high school?

It was definitely during my freshman year in the regional finals. I think it was against Wilde Lake. I scored a random goal. I was just trying to cross it in and it just went to the far top corner. To have all the seniors run at me was the best goal ever.

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