Sept. 10, 2017
By Hector Rios-Morales
The Auburn women’s soccer program allocates a variety of expertise from throughout the nation, with thrilling gamers from totally different states coming to Auburn in hopes of creating their soccer collegiate careers. One of these skills is from Dayton, Ohio. Katie Grunder, certainly one of the six seniors on the staff.
Grunder began her Auburn profession throughout the 2014 season, seeing motion as a ahead on the pitch. She then spent her sophomore season at the College of Charleston, the place she was on the lookout for a unique sort of challenges and expertise.
After having a superb spell at Charleston, she got here again to Auburn with much more of expertise gained throughout her season away from The Plains – expertise gained on and off the pitch.
Now, in her senior season at Auburn, Grunder needs to ensure she leaves her beloved staff with no regrets, and focuses solely on leaving with an SEC championship underneath her belt.
AuburnTigers.com: When did you begin training/enjoying soccer?
Katie Grunder: I began enjoying soccer once I was 4, and truthfully, I used to be making an attempt each sport at that age. I’ve been a really lively individual. I attempted basketball and I used to be on the swim group. At the time I began enjoying, I used to be a goalkeeper and I simply appreciated soccer as a result of all my buddies have been on my group.
AT: Entering your senior season, is there a unique feeling to it?
KG: Yeah, it undoubtedly feels extra particular. It feels totally different as a result of you’ve got youthful women wanting as much as you and on the lookout for steerage and help, and you’re type of pressured into moving into the position of management, a task that you simply by no means needed to play earlier than. It has been already a particular season in that approach.
AT: What did you study out of your expertise at the College of Charleston?
KG: I left Auburn type of in search of one thing totally different in the facet of enjoying time. I didn’t play so much on my first season, and I assumed that was all it was about. Especially when all my different freshmen classmates did get extra enjoying time, so I went to Charleston and performed an excellent quantity of minutes there, however I discovered myself lacking extra than simply the soccer workforce, particularly my pals right here, the employees and the Auburn household usually. You don’t get that anyplace else.
AT: What is your relationship with the Auburn household and Auburn usually?
KG: I by no means get homesick as a result of my group is my household, and our coaches take over with a parenting position and take care of us. I don’t ever go a day considering that I miss my house or I miss my household, as a result of I’ve them enjoying soccer with me each single day.
AT: Is there any skilled soccer participant you idolize?
KG: I actually like Tobin Heath from the Portland Thorns. I like her type of play. I like our Women’s National Team, as a result of I look as much as them. Knowing how arduous they needed to work to get there as a result of I understand how arduous we needed to work simply to get right here is such an enormous accomplishment in my eyes.
AT: You are considered one of the six seniors on this workforce, is there any position you play to develop the youthful gamers?
KG: It depends upon every individual. I’ve been on the bench and I used to be a began once I was in Charleston, so I sort of performed each roles. So, for individuals to return to me and ask for recommendation is necessary. As a senior, this yr, being that individual that’s all the time working exhausting, I don’t need my teammates to query my work ethic.
AT: From the expertise gained from final season, what’s the objective/goal for you as a workforce?
KG: For the group, we’ve got stated that we need to make it so far as attainable. A objective that I’m holding on with my teammates is for an SEC Championship as a result of I need a ring. We haven’t accomplished it since I’ve been right here and we got here shut final yr, and I do know that we will get that far once more, even go farther. Especially with the expertise that we now have throughout the workforce.