Oct. 6, 2009
BERKELEY - Junior Emily Shibata has been a key player on the California midfield for the past three years. Shibata, who has played in nine games and has one assist this year, is a Bay Area product, hailing from nearby Walnut Creek, Calif. Last year, she recovered from a preseason injury to play in the final 15 games of the 2008 season, starting two, and was also a Pac-10 Conference All-Academic honorable mention. CalBears.com talked with the 5-2 player to discover more about her.
CalBears.com: You were a lead dancer at the Dance Connection Performing Arts Center for 10 years. What made you stick with soccer over dancing?
CalBears.com: Your dad, Craig graduated from Cal - did that influence your decision to come here?
CalBears.com: In your online bio, you noted that you went to Japan over the summer - where did you go?
CalBears.com: You're from just over the hill in Walnut Creek, do you get to go home a lot? What's it like to attend college near your hometown?
CalBears.com: What challenge of your sport do you not find in any other sport?
ES: In soccer, unlike any other sport that I can think of, we do not get timeouts. As a result, it is demanded of the players to have a high work rate and stamina for 90 minutes. Additionally, because there are no timeouts, we, as players are expected to fix and adjust problems within the game during the run of play.
CalBears.com: What are some hobbies you have outside of your sport?
CalBears.com: Who is the loudest player on the team?
CalBears.com: Do you have any superstitions?
CalBears.com: Katie Suits, the last individual to do a Q&A for CalBears.com, wanted the next women's soccer player to answer: What is your most embarrassing moment? What is your biggest fear?
CalBears.com: What question would you like the next women's soccer student-athlete who does a Q&A to answer?
To see all past Q&As with the Golden Bears, click here.