Sept. 10, 2010
Midfielder Rose Augustin is a senior member of the Notre Dame women’s soccer team. A second team all-BIG EAST selection as a junior in 2009, Augustin was second on the team in scoring with seven goals and 10 assists for 24 points. The technically sound, attacking midfielder will be counted on this season in both the scoring and leadership departments for the Irish. Through the first four games of the 2010 season, she leads the team in scoring with four goals and eight points. Prior to facing UCLA, Rose spent some time with UND.com to tell us more about herself as well as her experiences at Notre Dame.
1. When did you first start playing soccer and what drew you to the sport? I first started playing when I was four years old. My old brother, Matt, played soccer and a lot of my cousins played so I played with them.
2. What team or player is your favorite to watch? I love watching the World Cup. I love Italy, I root for Italy. I don’t really have a favorite player; I like Cristiano Ronaldo.
3. Who inspires or motivates you? My teammates, my coaches, and my family all inspire and motivate me. I love playing the sport, so when you’re surrounded by people who love it and support you it’s fun.
4. What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice that I’ve gotten is probably “Life’s short, so take advantage of it.”
5. What three words best describe you? The three words that best describe me are nice, relaxed, and hardworking.
6. If you hadn’t been a soccer player, what other sport or activity would you have liked to participate in? I love playing basketball; I probably would have played basketball. I played for a year in high school and when I was little.
7. What has been the most memorable moment of your soccer career so far? The most memorable moment of my career so far is probably going for the College Cup all three years and making it to the National Championship two years ago.
8. What is the coolest part of being a Division I athlete? The coolest thing for me in being a Division I athlete is that I am able to do something that I love. I love playing soccer and just all the fans and all the people that support you.
9. Why did you decide to come to Notre Dame? I decided to come to Notre Dame because it’s a great academic school, and the tradition and the religious parts of it. And, of course, the soccer.
10. What is your favorite place on campus? My favorite place on campus is The Grotto.
11. What is your favorite Notre Dame tradition? My favorite part of the Notre Dame tradition would be the football weekends. I just love the atmosphere and everyone’s out tailgating.
12. Vuvuzelas: for or against? I’m for the vuvuzelas. I like them.
13. Is there a particular song you like to listen to on gameday? We have a locker room CD that we all listen to. Everyone puts in what songs they like.
14. If you could visit any place in the world or go to any event, where would you go? If I could visit any place in the world, I would probably take a vacation in Italy.
15. What’s the coolest place you’ve visited as a member of a soccer team? The coolest place I’ve visited as am member of the soccer team would be going to California in my freshman and junior years when we played at Santa Clara.
16. What do you miss most about your hometown (Silver Lake, Ohio)? The thing I miss most about my hometown would be my family and friends.
17. What are your goals for after graduation? My goals after graduation are to get a job, hopefully doing something with sports. I would like to work in soccer or with Adidas; something involved with sports.
18. What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is, “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
19. What is the best class you’ve taken during your years at Notre Dame? I’ve enjoyed taking the marketing classes. I’m majoring in marketing and a lot of the classes are interesting.
20. How has being an athlete helped you in other aspects of your life? Being an athlete has helped me since it’s made me very competitive and it’s made me driven. All the things I do, I want to do it right. It’s made me manage my time wisely, with so much going on I have to manage what I do.