Women's Soccer Senior Spotlight
As the 2012 Big West women's soccer season comes to a close, we take a look at five prominent seniors who are finishing out their collegiate career. Find out what their experiences have been like and what's in store for these student-athletes.
Cici Kobinski - Cal Poly
Cal Poly senior Cici Kobinski was named Big West Midfielder of the Year and received her second first-team all-conference selection, as well as a trip to the postseason tournament to punctuate her final season in the green and gold. In 2012, she started all 18 contests, scoring four goals with seven assists and 15 points.
Big West Experience:
"I have had an amazing experience playing in the Big West and for Cal Poly. Both the league and my school really support the athletes that compete. It has meant a lot to be a part of a team that went on to the Big West Tournament my first season. It helped to show me what our school is capable of and what it takes to reach the finals. Throughout my experience it was always something that we could look back on and use as inspiration for the following season."
"Although my entire experience has been really memorable, I think that the one that stands out the most for me is my first game as a Mustang. It was such a different experience from a club or high school game. We played at home and I still remember how much bigger our stadium felt than the fields I had previously played on. There were way more fans than I was used to and I still remember all the youth players who ran up and asked for our autographs after the game. It was also memorable because I got a black eye in that game and when we traveled to Utah the next day, a lot of people in the airport asked me about it."
"I hope to get a job while I finish up my last couple of quarters. I plan on graduating in summer after studying abroad in Spain. I hope to eventually go to Physicians Assistant school after gaining work experience in the next couple of years."
Nadia Link - Long Beach State
Long Beach State senior Nadia Link has made her mark in four years as a 49er, from juggling a 3 year old to breaking school and conference records. She has stayed busy to say the least. She closed out her final season in the Big West as a two-time Offensive Player of the Year and three-time first-team all-conference selection.
Big West Experience:
“I have learned a lot in my 4 years, qualities and character that I will carry long after I am done playing collegiate soccer. Honestly, the (Big West) best years of my life. I've met so many people and created what will hopefully be lifelong friendships.”
"Making it to the Elite Eight, no doubt would be a highlight. If I had to attempt to pick one, I would say the Pepperdine game. I would choose this moment because I had been in the same position last year, third for the program, and we ended up winning. It was an indescribable moment/feeling, something I will never forget."
"It’s strange to think about soccer being over, but I am keeping an open mind towards continuing to play soccer after season/graduation. I plan to attend law school after I graduate this Spring. First and foremost for me is completing my education and providing for my family."
Stacey Fox - Cal State Fullerton
Cal State Fullerton senior Stacey Fox finished her senior campaign with a team-high seven goals and 16 points, being named to the Big West first-team all-conference lineup. As a Titan, Fox started in 60 of her 67 career appearances, tallying 20 goals with five assists for 45 points.
Big West Leadership:
"I am proud of myself for stepping up this year. I felt like I had a lot to prove and with It being my senior year, I wanted to leave everything that I have on the field. I do lead the team in points, but I'm not doing it all alone. It's a team effort and I wouldn't be as successful as I am without the other girls who are setting me up to score."
Feeling Going to Conference Tournament:
"Wow, it means a lot to have finally made it to our conference tournament. I have put so much time, effort and hard work for the last 5 years with no results. I'm just really excited and proud to have made it and am looking forward to taking advantage of the opportunity. I'm confident that this team has the ability to win a title and it's just how I imagined my senior year would be."
"After this season I will be done with school and entering into the real world! I plan on trying to find a job in Orange County in the field of Public Relations."
Cynthia Jacobo - Cal State Northridge
It would be impossible for Cal State Northridge senior Cynthia Jacobo to go out unnoticed after earning her second consecutive Big West Goalkeeper of the Year award. This season, Jacobo has recorded 96 saves while ranking fourth nationally in save percentage (.906) and ninth in goals against average (0.51). Her 25 career shutouts rank her sixth all-time in the Big West record book. She will leave CSUN with her name etched in the Big West history books for shutouts, saves, single-game saves and goals against average.
Big West Experience:
"It has been amazing from start to finish and I have had a great group of girls to play with the entire four years. It is sad to see the games slowly coming to an end, we just have to keep fighting and make it as far as we can for the last season."
How It Feels To Break Records:
"It keeps me motivated to wanting to play more and wanting to keep improving and helping out my team. It’s a way to say thank you to my teammates and show my talent on the field."
"I hope to go out and continue playing professionally after graduation next spring. Otherwise I will look to go into the LA Police Department."
Dana Sanderlin - UC Irvine
In her senior season at UC Irvine, Dana Sanderlin hopes to be the captain she always looked up to and leave behind a legacy worth remembering. The Upland native has appeared in all 20 contests this season for the Anteaters scoring three goals and three assists for a total of nine points. The first-team all-conference recipient has compiled 43 points on 14 goals and 15 assists during her career.
Big West Experience:
"I am privileged enough to play all four years and throughout the time here I have looked up to the older player, and now that it’s finally me I am just trying to fill their shoes being a leader on and off the field."
Feeling Going Into Conference Tournament:
"The tournament championship is our ultimate goal. That buy in to the NCAA's so we don’t have to rely on other teams not to do well, but earn our own spot. We know we can do it, while sometimes it doesn’t go our way, this season we want it even more. A day at a time, game at a time is the method."
"I am looking to work with kids and the possibility of going back to school to become a Speech Pathologist. Going to take a little time off from school, to give the brain some rest but want to work with helping kids. They are the future."