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College Insights from Portland State University Recruits


(Left to right) Morgan Matthews, Laura Gougeon and Dallin Esmond

Dallin Esmond

CUO: What do you think is your most outstanding attribute as a player?
DE: I think my leadership skills and work ethic are my greatest attribute.

CUO: How important do you feel it is to work on developing your game outside of regular trainings and games?
DE: VERY IMPORTANT -- it's what sets you apart from other players.

CUO: Describe some of the high and low points of the college recruiting process?
DE: The high point is definitely when you finally commit and it all pays off. The low point is sending out A TON of emails.

CUO: What advice do you have for players out there either in the midst or starting the college recruiting process?
DE: Stay on top of it, and don't limit yourself.

CUO: What made you choose Portland State University?
DE: I chose Portland State because of the opportunities I have there to grow as a player, and the environment of the team and school.

Laura Gougeon

CUO: What do you think is your most outstanding attribute as a player?
LG: I believe my most outstanding attribute as a player is my hard work, determination and passion for the game.

CUO: How important do you feel it is to work on developing your game outside of regular trainings and games?
LG: Working hard in regular trainings will only develop a player so far. Working hard on your own outside of those trainings is what will determine how successful you become.

CUO: Describe some of the high and low points of the college recruiting process?
LG: Some of the high points was when I started hearing back from colleges saying they are interested because it made it feel like all the hard work that was put in was worth it. Some low points was all the time spent on emailing coaches and trying to figure out what schools fit me as a student and player best.

CUO: What advice do you have for players out there either in the midst or starting the college recruiting process?
LG: I recommend starting early, coaches are recruiting earlier and earlier so the sooner your start the better chance you have. Also, never give up on the process, it will take time so you have to be patient.

CUO: What made you choose Portland State University?
LG: I chose Portland State University because on the soccer side there is a great coaching staff and soccer program. Then on the school side, there are many internship and working opportunities in the big city which was a huge factor in my decision.

Morgan Matthews

CUO: What do you think is your most outstanding attribute as a player?
MM: I'm versatile player, I can play forward, mid-field, and defense. I am also left and right footed, so I can play on either sides of the field.

CUO: How important do you feel it is to work on developing your game outside of regular trainings and games?
MM: I feel as if it is very important to develop my game outside of practice. Specially as a senior it's important to keep your fitness, I do this by going on my own runs and also lifting weights.

CUO: Describe some of the high and low points of the college recruiting process?
MM: One of my low points of the college recruiting process was that I had to decide between two schools and I was very overwhelmed by the whole process and having to decide what i want to do with my future. One of the high points of the recruiting process is when I signed my letter of intent to play soccer for 4 more years.

CUO: What advice do you have for players out there either in the midst or starting the college recruiting process?
MM: Some advice I have for players out there either in the midst or start of college recruiting process is to email a lot of coaches for tournaments and if your really interested in a school don't be scared to email them a lot, if you feel like your being annoy by sending a lot of emails to them your not. It shows them that your committed and are really interested and then they will remember your name.

CUO: What made you choose Portland State University?
MM: I choose Portland State University because I have known the head coach and assistant coach since U-11, the head coach Laura Schott actually talked my mother and I to play club soccer. I also choose PSU because I love Portland, Oregon.

 
College Insights from Southern Oregon University Recruit

Sarah Garoutte

CUO: What do you think is your most outstanding attribute as a player?
SG: I think my most outstanding attribute as a player is my technical skills, my footskills. They help me in all aspects of my game, from passing to holding the ball and not getting pushed off of it, to creating and scoring.

CUO: How important do you feel it is to work on developing your game outside of regular trainings and games?
SG: Everything! I have trained almost daily outside of practices and games. It is where I work on my footskills and my own personal needs as a soccer player. I can focus on what I need to focus on. I also feel daily touches on the ball, from juggling to skill work, as a younger player definitely helped solidify my skills as I have gotten older.

CUO: Describe some of the high and low points of the college recruiting process?
SG: Highs would be attending ID camps; one of the two best places for coaches to see you. The other would be ECNL games. Seeing the number of coaches at the games was amazing. I have done ODP, I was on the Region IV team, and I have played at the highest level since I was 12. Nothing compared to ECNL games, just the number of coaches available was so good. It always felt so good to get personal emails from coaches, or having them email my coach, after a game and show their interest in me or compliment my game. Lows would be frustrations; not always getting the ball, for example, when I know a coach I want to see me is watching. Or attending an ID camp and not being around other like skilled players, so not able to look my best.

CUO: What advice do you have for players out there either in the midst or starting the college recruiting process?
SG: I would say be patient. Don't panic and don't rush into anything. Don't feel pressured by others to hurry and get an offer, or to play only for D1 schools. You have to play where is right for you, and you only. You want the academics to be right, and want to feel comfortable and right wherever you go. Focus on the schools you want to get into, giving yourself at least 3 to focus on. Contact the coaches of those schools, attend their ID camps, and invite them to come to your games whenever possible.

CUO: What made you choose Portland State University?
SG: I chose SOU, Southern Oregon University, for a few reasons. One, after meeting the coach, I really liked her. She has my style of soccer and I felt comfortable and right when playing in front of her and having her coach me. Two, I love the location. Far from home, 5 hours, but not too far. Still able to drive home if wanted! I also wanted the full college experience, so the schools without football teams and such just didn't feel like the full experience for me. Three, SOU offers nursing, which is what I want to go into. Do not ever give up your career choice for soccer; college soccer is temporary, your career is for life! Four, the other girls on the team have my style of play. I am a possession style of player, so choosing a team that, for example, relies mostly on speed, would not be fun for me. You have to feel good about where you go, it doesn't matter what others think, it must be right for you.