After making her first appearance of the season against Mississippi, senior communications major Katie Griffin is ready to lead the CU women’s soccer team into action.
Griffin sprained her ankle earlier in the season in an exhibition game, so trying to prepare for the season ahead is important.
“(The ankle) is ok. I am definitely not 100 percent yet,” Griffin said.
During her junior year, Griffin scored a record of 12 goals and assisted one goal for a total of 25 points, which was also a school record. She also set the single season record with 84 shots and a .524 on-goal percentage.
Griffin was named to the 2005 National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Central Region First Team and the 2005 Second Team All-Big 12. She was also selected for the Preseason All-Big 12 in 2006.
“Overall, great season for the team and me. A lot of my success came from my teammates setting me up with great passes,” Griffin said.
This season, the team is off to the best start in school history, a 3-0-1 score.
After beating previously ranked No. 26 Clemson and previously ranked No. 23 Mississippi, the team is ranked No. 21 in the NSCAA Top 25 poll.
“We want to get as many wins as we possibly can and get as many games under our belts before Big 12 competition,” Griffin said.
Preparing for Big 12 conference games is also a priority for Griffin as she continues to nurse her ankle sprain.
“My main concern is to get ready for the Big 12 games,” she said.
After a record-setting junior year, Griffin played on the United States U21 National Team in the 2006 Nordic Cup this summer where she scored an international goal against Denmark.
“It was an amazing experience. It was definitely something that I would like to do again,” Griffin said.
Although Griffin has seen limited action this year, she still supports her team from the sidelines.
“Since I’m not playing right now, I am trying to support and motivate them,” she said.
Griffin says one of the best experiences she had while playing at CU was having the opportunity to play at Prentup Field. The team played their home games at Pleasant View Soccer Complex before officially moving to Prentup.
“Prentup has made things more exciting, not only for us, but our fans as well,” Griffin said.