Throughout the season, junior captain Dariann Sellitti (Sayville, N.Y.) or senior captain Lucy Gildein (Topsfield, Mass.) will give fans an inside look at the 2013 Rhode Island women's soccer team through a quick question and answer session here on GoRhody.com.
KINGSTON, R.I. - This week Lucy Gildein sat down with GoRhody.com staff to talk about the 2-1 loss against Sacred Heart on Thursday, Aug. 29 and the 2-0 win on Sunday, Sept. 1 agaisnt New Hampshire. The Sacred Heart match was particularly special to Gildein becuase she played for Sacred Heart for two seasons before transferring to Rhode Island.
Q: In general, how do you think the season is going so far?
A: I think it's going really well. There are obviously some things that we need to improve on, but we're making those improvements and getting better everyday.
A: Genzardi had a good pass to Nicki (Brennan) and she just dribbled it down the line and she had a great ball to the eighteen. It was a lot of great work from her; it was set up perfectly for me.
Q: How did it feel to score your first goal of the season?
A: It felt really great; it meant something very special to me being from Sacred Heart initially. I give a lot of credit to Nicole and Nicki (Brennan) because they were the ones who set me up.
Q: What are your thoughts on the two freshmen playing big roles in the offense so far in the season, Nicole Brennan and Donika Murray?
A: I think they're doing a great job. Donika, obviously, has a really great shot outside the eighteen. When she gets the ball she's very dangerous and the same thing with Nicki (Brennan), when she takes people on she's untouchable. It's really great to work with these types of players, and they make everyone else on the team look good too.
Q: Samantha Leyh continues her strong play. What have you thought about her season so far?
A: She's done a great job so far, working hard and she's really great in the air. She's got the height to get headers that a lot of other teams can't.
Q: How do you think the goalkeepers have played so far?
A: They have stepped up; obviously it's a challenge with quite a few of them on the roster. Reilly's been playing really great, she did a lot of hard work over the summer and it really shows. I'm really happy for her.
Q: How did you feel after the first home win of the season vs. New Hampshire?
A: It was very important because we just needed to get that win under our belt and we're not going to stop now!
Q: Can you preview your opponents Bryant and Manhattan in the upcoming games this weekend?
A: I'm not really worried about them, I guess I'm just worried about our team and I think that if we focus on ourselves our attacking players will be able to take them. They're not any different from any other team.
Q: Is there anything in the upcoming week that you are really looking forward to?
A: I'm looking forward to getting two wins this weekend!
Q: What do you think is the strongest part of this team at this point in the season?
A: The attacking side of the ball. We have players that are willing to step in and get the job done. We're very competitive.
Q: Any other random thoughts that you have about the team this week?
A: The first day of classes are today so I'm excited for that.
Q: Are you taking anything interesting?
A: No, that was last semester with Chinese. It was a lot of fun. We joked around and said "Ni Hao."
The Chinese translation of Lucy looks like this: 露西