The Winneconne Wolves girls soccer team has been on a roll during the 2013 season, boasting a 11-0-1 record, boosting that thanks to a tournament championship at the St. Mary Central tournament over the weekend. One of the key components to that record is junior forward Courtney Swanlund, who netted a goal in the championship game against St. Mary’s Springs, which the Wolves won 2-0.
Oshkosh Northwestern Media caught up with Swanlund after a Winneconne game to talk about the tournament win and the rest of their season.
Oshkosh Northwestern: What was it like to take the St. Mary Central tournament over the weekend in a pretty solid field of teams?:
Courtney Swanlund: It was awesome because St. Mary Central is ranked in the state and we are not and we are undefeated. So it was pretty awesome to beat all of those teams.
ON: How much does getting that experience of a win-or-go-home type of situation help you guys for the upcoming WIAA tournament?:
CS: It’s really important because you need to know where you stand and how you handle tight situations. Like we went into a shootout (one game), and that was really important to buckle down and hit those PKs, so that was good.
ON: Being undefeated, does it feel like their is a target on your back when you go into games?:
CS: It’s awesome (to be undefeated), but people know who you are and how your team is doing. It’s kind of difficult because everyone knows that you are undefeated and they all want to beat you and be the one to beat you first.
ON: You play on a team with a lot of skilled players. What’s it like playing with so many talented girls?:
CS: It’s awesome because you need more than just a couple of people to score goals to be a really good team. I think we have excellent team because we have so many girls that can score.
ON: You have a couple of games coming up against FVL and Xavier that you need for a conference title. What’s the mindset heading into those matchups?:
CS: We know that FVL and Xavier are really good teams but we can play with both of them. I think we can win those games, we just need to go in with a really good attitude and know we can do it.
ON: What would be the way for you girls to put a cap on an already excellent year?:
CS: We want to win conference, go to regionals, win those games, go to sectionals and hopefully head to state. That’d be sweet.