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    Jacqueline Broussard

    Freshman midfielder Jacqueline Broussard, left, prepares to make a move in Arizonas 2-0 loss to Portland on Sept. 22. Broussard didnt let the Wildcats lose Thursday, when she scored the game-winning goal in Arizonas 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.
    Freshman midfielder Jacqueline Broussard, left, prepares to make a move in Arizona’s 2-0 loss to Portland on Sept. 22. Broussard didn’t let the Wildcats lose Thursday, when she scored the game-winning goal in Arizona’s 2-1 win over Cal State Fullerton.

    Editor’s Note: The Wildcat caught up with freshman midfielder Jacqueline Broussard to discuss her first career collegiate goal and playing in front of friends and family in Arizona’s 2-1 win Thursday at Cal State Fullerton, as well as her squad’s special charisma and Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

    Wildcat: Describe how you felt after scoring your first college goal Thursday.

    Broussard: It felt really good to get my first college goal in front of my hometown. I went to high school in Orange County. I had played in that stadium before in high school.

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    W: It was the game winner, and your family was there too. Does that make it more special?

    B: My family and friends came to watch, (so) it definitely made it more special. I was a little disheartened that I didn’t start the game, but it was nice to score the game winner in front of my family.

    W: How do you think the team is coming together overall?

    B: At the beginning, adjusting was a little hard. Having 11 freshmen is difficult and no seniors, but the juniors are doing great.

    W: As a freshman, you’ve been hearing constantly about how the team is young. Do you think it is a disadvantage?

    B: I think it makes a difference in a sense, but we don’t want to use it as a crutch. It definitely plays a role in the team, though. It’s nothing we focus on too much. It doesn’t mean we are any less capable.

    W: What’s it like playing for (UA head coach) Dan Tobias?

    B: I think he’s a great coach. He’s helped me as a player develop into my position. He works well for our group. In general, he keeps us all motivated, coming into practice and doing what we need to do. I’ve enjoyed it so far. I love the staff, including (assistant coaches) Harold (Warren) and Lisa (Oyen).

    W: What are your personal goals for the rest of the season?

    B: I would love to win (the Pacific 10 Conference championship). I think the last time we did it was in 2004, (and) I just think that would be a great accomplishment. I cannot wait to compete in the NCAAs. I’ve waited my whole life to play at that level. I just want to stay focused and score more goals and have more assists.

    W: What is something people should know about the team that they don’t?

    B: Our team has a special charisma. Everyone on and off the field just get along and are friends. We just get along so well, sometimes I feel we can read each other’s minds. Sometimes it doesn’t always work on the field.

    W: What is a song that you just can’t seem to get out of your head?

    B: That new Justin Timberlake song. What’s it called?

    W: “”Sexyback”” or the new new one?

    B: The new new one. I think it’s called “”My Love.”” My boyfriend sings it to me.

    W: What was the last movie you saw?

    B: I just rented “”The Ringer”” and “”Inside Man”” with Denzel Washington.

    W: And how did you like them?

    B: “”The Ringer”” was definitely funny but a little stupid. The “”Inside Man”” was really good, I loved the plot.

    W: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream, if you have one?

    B: Yes, Baskin-Robbins is one of my favorite places. Sometimes I even get four scoops. I like rainbow sherbet on a sugar cone, or pralines and cream with either mint chocolate chip or chocolate chip cookie dough, as a sundae though, but no cherries.

    – Interview by Allison Hamila

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