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Erin Pardini Emphasizes Hard Work

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 11/01/2011
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Senior Erin Pardini is a midfielder on the women's soccer team. She's from Smithtown, N.Y., and is majoring in Exercise Science. She was voted Most Outstanding Player at the 2009 CAA Women's Soccer Championship.

Q: What is your first memory of playing soccer?

Playing in my first soccer game when I was four years old. I scored two goals back-to-back, and then the coach made me play goalkeeper, so the other kids could score. I remember my best friend missed a shot on goal and started crying. It probably wasn't as good a day for her as it was for me.

Q: How has the game changed since high school?

The level of play is definitely the biggest difference. In high school it was much more about just having fun. In college the stakes are a lot higher and the competition is a lot better.

Q: Do you have any other special skills or talents besides playing soccer?           

I like to draw, but I wouldn't necessarily call it a skill. I also ran track and played lacrosse in high school.

Q: How does Wilmington compare to your hometown of Smithtown, N.Y.?

It's very similar actually. They are both kind of small towns with nice people and beautiful beaches, but I think Wilmington's beaches might be a little nicer.

Q: Besides playing soccer, what is your dream job?

Something in nursing or working in a hospital. That's kind of what I am doing now so I wouldn't mind doing that for a career.

Q: What's the best movie you've seen in the past year?

Actually, I just watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and I really enjoyed that. I haven't seen too many new movies that I really liked.

Q: You had a game winning goal in a 1-0 win over East Carolina last year. Explain how that felt?

A game winning goal is always the best. We worked so hard as a team and for me to get that goal was a tremendous feeling. It mirrored our effort and the work we put in as a team. That was a big game for us because ECU is a rival and it was a great feeling watching them walk off the field with their heads down.

Q: What is you biggest strength on the field?

I would have to say my passing and my ability to dribble the ball. I am pretty confident in my ability to find an open teammate and get them the ball in the right spot at the right time.

Q: If you were a coach, what is the most important trait you would look for in a player?

Hard work and work ethic are the most important traits to me. There are so many games that come down to who wants it more and who can push harder and that's when that extra effort comes into play. There is nothing worse than having someone with a ton of talent who doesn't put in the work.

Q: Are you more like your mother or your father?

I'm pretty balanced between the two of them. My sense of humor comes from my dad and my thoughtfulness comes from my mom, but If I had to pick I one I would say I am more like my dad cause of our humor.

Q: What TV show are you a fan of that you're most embarrassed of?
Probably Jersey Shore. That show is so dumb, but I watch it all the time.

Q: Are you a morning person or a late night person?

I would say I am a late night person. My dad and I use to stay up late watching television and talking, so I guess that would make me a night person.

Q: Who was your role model growing up?

I would say both of my older brothers are role models. One of my brothers went to school to play soccer, which helped motivate me. My other brother went to Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy, which takes a lot of heart and determination, and isn't exactly a school you go to for fun. So that type of dedication was inspiring for me.

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