One of the best qualities a person can have is maintaining a positive attitude no matter where they are in life. Midfielder Katie Fenzel demonstrates this quality impeccably.
Fenzel may not be the person who grabs the headlines week in and week out for her team, but her contribution on and off the field can be felt by not only her teammates, but with everyone she comes into contact with on a daily basis.
“I would say that my role on the team is to try and be as positive as I can and be encouraging for everyone on the team,” Fenzel said. “Having a positive attitude on and off the field creates a good atmosphere for everyone on the team.”
Just like most athletes, Fenzel picked up the sport of field hockey when she was young and she has loved every second of it.
“I started playing soccer when I was younger, and I played as a sweeper,” Fenzel said. “Field hockey became popular in Louisville when I was in 5th grade and I wanted to give the sport a try. I have had a lot of fun playing the game and I just stuck with it.”
Fenzel, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, loves the city she calls home. But, she also loves Athens and sees similarities between both cities.
“I may be a little biased, but I think both Louisville and Athens are gorgeous cities,” Fenzel said. “The main thing that attracted me to Ohio was the beautiful campus. I grew up in an area with lots of trees and woods around me and Athens has a lot of trees and woods areas.”
Fenzel has scored one goal this season. She scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over St. Joe’s in late September. That may be the only goal she scores all season, but that is totally fine with her.
“My main role on the team is to pass the ball into the right areas,” Fenzel said. “I am not big into stats, but I play in every game. I see myself as more of a behind the scenes type of player. I would rather set someone up for a goal than to score for myself.”
Ohio has an 8-6 (2-1 MAC) record this season. Even though the team has lost some close games, Fenzel feels as though the team is improving every week.
“I feel like we have been improving as the season has gone on,” Fenzel said. “I think we are peaking at the right time. We are playing as a team and are passing is getting better every game.”
Fenzel also sees head coach Neil Macmillan as a perfect fit for the program. She says that he is a lot of fun to be around and he has a good relationship with everyone.
Fenzel, a Communication Studies and Disorders major, has big plans after her field hockey playing career at Ohio is over.
“I want to be able to go to graduate school and get my master’s degree,” Fenzel said. “My dream would be to move to Boston or New York and work as a speech-language therapist at a public school. I love kids and want to work with them.”
In her spare time, Fenzel enjoys a lot of activities. Her favorite activity is hanging out with her friends. She says that she wants to look back at her college experience and regret nothing.
Besides field hockey, Fenzel also enjoys many other sports. She likes soccer, since she understands the game very well. She also likes the atmosphere of every sport. She enjoys sports a lot more when she is there live and taking in all the scenes.
Fenzel also has a personality most do not have. She always has a smile on her face, and is excited to live life day in and day out.
“A lot of people say that I laugh too much,” Fenzel said. “I laugh at the most random things and I use laughing as a defense mechanism. I love to have fun and I love to smile all of the time.”
With the season winding down, Fenzel is hopeful the team can finish the season strongly.
“We want to come out and dominate both Central (Michigan) and Miami,” Fenzel said. “We do not want to go into overtime because we are sick of it. We just want to dominate.”
Katie Fenzel and the Ohio Bobcat field hockey team will look to improve to 9-6 (3-1 MAC), as they take on Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on Friday. Start time is set for 2 p.m.