Olivia Scott Q&A with AYSC

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How has your experience been playing in the OPDL? How has the competition been and how has it helped develop and improve your game?

I have been playing with the OPDL since U13 under coach Siamac. I have enjoyed the focus and intensity that Siamac brings to practices. All of my teammates come to practice eager and ready to learn and work hard. The encouragement of my teammates and the level of competition has resulted in me continually improving my game. We are lucky to have a lot of support including trainers at every practice, we have had nutrition and sport psychology sessions every year and this year we have begun to focus on University scholarship opportunities.  The competition in OPDL is good.  While some teams are better than others, in OPDL you can’t let up! The minute you stop working hard and working as a team the ball ends up in the back of the net.

Having played in AYSC for so long, what are your thoughts on the development and progress of women's soccer in Ontario and in Aurora?

When I was younger the highest level in Aurora you could play for soccer was rep. Now, Aurora has developed more opportunities for women’s soccer by providing OPDL and League 1.  These leagues have made an impact of women’s soccer. Both OPDL and league 1 have professional coaches who are committed to player development. For girls who really like the competitive game, they can find great training and competition right here in Aurora. 

How did you feel when you found out you had been selected for the national team? What personal goals did you set for yourself in the lead up to the tournament?

It was an honour to be selected to represent my Country. It was like a dream come true. I had been thinking about this moment since I was 8 years old when I started rep soccer playing for Coach Brent Unger. I focused on fitness and health during the lead up to the tournament. I did weight training 3 times a week and interval training twice a week.  This fitness regime made me stronger on the pitch with more stamina. I also focused on eating healthier and hydration.

How was your experience in the national team? What new things did you learn during your time there and what new things will you add to your game?

The experience included the travel, the hotel, the team, the coaching ,the weather, the games and health. All the Ontario players traveled down to Orlando together. When we got to the resort we met with the rest of the team and the coaches. Although we did not know each other, it only took a couple of hours before we started to bond as good friends and teammates. Every day we had a schedule emailed with activities such as meetings, hydration tests, massage, practices, meals, games, video sessions, and curfew. Every night we had to be in our rooms lights out at 9 o’clock and up early. I thought I would never be able to fall asleep at 9, but after a couple of days 9 felt like midnight. We were away for 16 days and we played 7 games. It felt like the team got better every game but so did the competition. We learned the importance of hydration and new tactics. Hydration was so important because it was 35 plus degrease outside every day. The tactics became more and more important as we played against tougher teams.  My favourite game was the semi-final against Mexico.  We were down by one goal early and we had to come back.   They are a very competitive team.  Our entire team had to play at our highest level to win that game.  It was amazing to come away with the victory. 

What are your hopes for the future? Where would you like soccer to take you in the next five years?

In the future I hope to earn a scholarship to a division 1 university. I also hope to play for the U17, U20 and eventually the women’s national team.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:08