Jan. 31, 2014
CHICAGO - Over the next several weeks, UICFlames.com will profile the UIC women's soccer players. The women's soccer program was launched in November of 2012 with the hiring of head coach Brian Rigby, but won't begin varsity competition until the fall of 2014. Until then, UICFlames.com would like to `Get to Know' the newest additions to our Flames Family.
UICFlames.com: What made you choose UIC?
Flo Beshiri: I originally went to Creighton, so I wanted to come back closer to home. I knew that it was a good school and I wanted to be at a place that I knew.
UICFlames.com: What is your intended major?
Flo Beshiri: Mathematical Computer Science
UICFlames.com: Talk about your experience playing soccer in high school.
Flo Beshiri: My senior year we made it to state, but only came out in third place. Overall, I had a really good soccer experience in high school and the same with my club team.
UICFlames.com: Talk about the transition thus far from Creighton to UIC.
Flo Beshiri: Transitioning from Creighton to here has been a little bit different. I was used to being at Creighton with the same people and the same coaches. It took me about a month to get use to this campus because over there it was only about 4,000 students compared to here at UIC.
UICFlames.com: What are your thoughts toward being the first women to ever play on a UIC women's soccer team?
Flo Beshiri: I think it's pretty cool. It's exciting to know that we will be the first group, especially the five of us now. It's really exciting for us and I hope it turns out well.
UICFlames.com: How has it been getting to know your teammates on and off of the field?
Flo Beshiri: Everyone gets along really well. It's been really easy. Everyone is literally best friends so we get along both on and off of the field.
How excited are you to play for coach Rigby?
I'm very excited. He is a good coach and he cares about everyone individually.
UICFlames.com: From what you have seen in practices, what do you think your team's philosophy will be?
Flo Beshiri: Possessing the ball and quick transitions from defense to offense and vice versa.
UICFlames.com: What would you say is you biggest strength that you bring to the team?
Flo Beshiri: I definitely have some experience right now since I have already played a year of college soccer. Hopefully I will be able to help the other girls.
UICFlames.com: What do you see as some of the teams' strengths?
Flo Beshiri: Everyone has pretty good technical skills and the ability to read the game. It also helps that everyone is passionate about soccer.
UICFlames.com: How do you plan to improve your game by the time the season begins next fall?
Flo Beshiri: Transitioning quicker on and off of the ball. I also want to become more consistent.
UICFlames.com: By the time you graduate from UIC, what impact do you hope to make both on and off the field?
Flo Beshiri: That's a really hard question. Off of the field, I hope to graduate from UIC with a degree. On the field, hopefully all of the hard work that we put in pays off. It'll be nice to be the first team in the first year to win the conference.
UICFlames.com: Now that you are living in downtown Chicago, what has been your favorite experience so far not relating to soccer?
Flo Beshiri: I like how close I am to downtow. On a weekend I can just head down and walk around in different stores.
UICFlames.com: When you are not playing soccer, or in class, what do you like to do in your free time?
Flo Beshiri: I like to spend time with my friends and family. I'm a huge family person so I love spending time with them and just relaxing.