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Athlete of the Week: Marshall ’13 leads team to 10 victories

Sports Staff Writer
Thursday, October 27, 2011

With the race for the Ivy League title coming down to the wire, the women’s soccer team (10-4-1, 3-2 Ivy) is heading into the final two games of its season on a hot streak. Forward Eliza Marshall ’13 has kept her team in the hunt for glory, scoring four goals in the last four games, including a game-winner against Holy Cross last week. Her strike against Cornell Sunday helped the team earn its 10th victory of the year, the most wins since the 2003 season. For her consistent scoring, Marshall has been named The Herald Athlete of the Week.

The Herald: When did you start playing soccer?

Marshall: I started playing when I was five years old. I started out in the town program, and when I was about seven, I started playing on a club team.

Did you have any role models growing up?

I guess growing up, I was part of the Mia Hamm generation, watching that team win the World Cup. They were definitely big role models.

And why Brown?

I liked everything about Brown. I liked the soccer program, I liked that the curriculum was really open, and I love Providence. I think that it’s kind of the best of both worlds in that you get an Ivy education, but the people here are really down to earth.

What was the most memorable goal you’ve ever scored?

I think my favorite goal was probably in my sophomore year versus (the University of New Hampshire). I intercepted a goal kick and then shot it with my left foot from 30 yards out and into the upper 90.

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?

I definitely like certain playlists on my iPod before games, and we have our own little team rituals in the locker room.

Any go-to pump-up songs?

My favorite now would probably be ‘Freaks and Geeks’ by Childish Gambino.

What is the coolest soccer match you’ve ever been to?

This summer, we went on a team trip to Europe, and we got to watch some of the World Cup games in Germany, so that was really awesome. We saw the United States play Colombia.

What has your best memory of Brown women’s soccer been so far?

To be honest, I don’t think there has been a single one. There is no better feeling winning Ivy games, so I think every Ivy win has been an awesome memory.

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