Oct. 19, 2009
BERKELEY - The No. 17 California women's soccer team has benefitted from the talent and international playing experience of sophomore Katrin Omarsdottir. A native of Iceland, Omarsdottir was the youngest player to play in the European Cup when she was 14 years-old and recently returned from competing with the Icelandic national team in the European Championship. After scoring two goals and notching two assists in her freshman campaign last year, Omarsdottir is currently second on the team with five goals and two assists for 12 points. CalBears.com caught up with the 5-8 midfielder to discuss moving to America and more.
CalBears.com: You came to Berkeley all the way from Iceland - what has it been like adjusting to school, life and soccer in America?
CalBears.com: What made you decide to come overseas to Cal?
CalBears.com: What are some of the things that you miss about life in Iceland?
CalBears.com: You played on an adult club team, Knattspymufelag Reykjavikur, which you began competing on when you was 14 - what was that experience like?
KO: For the first six months, I was scared to go to practice every single day. I was so intimidated by the older girls and how good they were, but once I got over that, it was amazing. They taught me so much and I learned so much from them soccer wise. I think because I started to be around older people when I was that young, it is easier for me to be around different ages of people and hang out with people at any age. And this is definitely a different environment than I am used to, because I am used to being the youngest, but here, I take the role of a grandma.
CalBears.com: You recently played in UEFA Women's Euro 2009 with the Icelandic National Team - what was that experience like for you? What was the highlight?
CalBears.com: What is your most prized possession?
CalBears.com: What is your favorite food?
CalBears.com: What is one thing you can't live without?
CalBears.com: Emily Shibata, the last person to do a Q&A for CalBears.com, wanted the next women's soccer player to answer: Who inspires you? Why?
CalBears.com: What question would you like the next women's soccer student-athlete who does a Q&A to answer?
To read all the past Q&A with the Golden Bears, click here.