Oct. 3, 2013
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?
Jasmin Carrera: It was close to home and I was excited about the soccer program.
UICFlames.com: What is your intended major?
Jasmin Carrera: Criminal Justice.
UICFlames.com: Talk about your experience playing soccer in high school.
Jasmin Carrera: In high school I played for Lane Tech. I made good friends and I liked it.
UICFlames.com: Talk about the transition thus far from high school soccer practices to college practices.
Jasmin Carrera: The transition from high school keeps getting harder, but everything makes sense from what I used to do to what I do now. I like how everything is more focused.
UICFlames.com: To date, what has been your biggest accomplishment and/or moment in regards to soccer?
Jasmin Carrera: In my freshman year in high school, I scored the winning goal in overtime to win Regionals. Also, in my last contest with city games, I had seven assists and a goal.
UICFlames.com: How has it been getting to know your teammates on and off of the field?
Jasmin Carrera: It’s good. I went to high school with two of them so I already knew them. With the other two, it’s been really good. We have been really close especially since it is only five of us. We just spend every day together especially with soccer.
UICFlames.com: What are your thoughts toward being the first women to ever play on a UIC women’s soccer team?
Jasmin Carrera: It’s good to be the first to start the program. I always wanted to stay near home and was looking at other schools around here, but once I found out about UIC I came here because it’s good to be the first ones.
UICFlames.com: How excited are you to play for coach Rigby?
Jasmin Carrera: I’m excited. I like his philosophy about soccer. He’s one of the only coaches that I have had that actually knows about soccer.
UICFlames.com: From what you have seen in practices, what do you think your team’s philosophy will be?
Jasmin Carrera: I think we are going to do a lot of creative passing and keeping the ball on the floor. Since we are not as tall, it is a lot of moving off the ball and passing.
UICFlames.com: What would you say is you biggest strength that you bring to the team?
Jasmin Carrera: I always work hard during practices and in games. I will never give up and I put a lot of pressure up top.
UICFlames.com: What do you see as some of the teams’ strengths?
Jasmin Carrera: Our creativity on the ball and we communicate with each other very well.
UICFlames.com: How do you plan to improve your game by the time the season begins next fall?
Jasmin Carrera: Keep practicing with Coach Rigby and keep mindful of everything he has taught us and just keep improving.
UICFlames.com: By the time you graduate from UIC, what impact do you hope to make both on and off the field?
Jasmin Carrera: On the field, I hope to make UIC women’s soccer known. Off the field, I just want to help other people and try to treat them like I have been treated.
UICFlames.com: Now that you are living in downtown Chicago, what has been your favorite experience so far not relating to soccer?
Jasmin Carrera: Just getting to know the city. Even though I have lived around here, I have never been so close to downtown.
UICFlames.com: When you are not playing soccer, or in class, what do you like to do in your free time?
Jasmin Carrera: Soccer is usually what I am always doing but I like to spend a lot of time with my family. My mom, my dad and my sister and I are all really close so I like spending time with them and my cousin, too.