Soccer: Curry making immediate impact under Rodgers

Ohio freshman Allie Curry said all of her teammates have taken a role in her feeling comfortable on the team. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Ohio freshman Allie Curry said all of her teammates have taken a role in her feeling comfortable on the team. Photo by Carl Fonticella.

Allie Curry was on the verge of joining the Cleveland State soccer program last season. In fact, only one obstacle was standing in her way, and that obstacle was a vacancy on the Cleveland State coaching staff.

The Vikings’ coach resigned from the program, which made Curry step back and re-evaluate her options. She had spoken to Ohio before she made her initial decision to commit to Cleveland State. After she spoke to Ohio coach Aaron Rodgers again, Rodgers explored the idea of adding Curry to the program. Rodgers went to watch Curry play in a few games to make sure she was the type of player he wanted. In January, Curry made the decision to decommit from Cleveland State and commit to play for Rodgers and Ohio.

Curry’s decision is starting to pay off. She scored a goal in her debut against Butler and has featured in a few of Ohio’s other games so far this season. Speakeasy Sports got the chance to sit down with Curry to ask her questions ranging from what she likes to do in her spare time to what’s it like to play for Coach Rodgers.

Speakeasy Sports: From where did your interest in soccer come?

Allie Curry: My dad started me out in sports when I was really young. I tried many sports, but soccer was the one I liked. I started playing YMCA soccer when I was four years old.

SS: What’s your biggest strength as a soccer player?

AC: I feel like I have a pretty good endurance. It takes some time before I really get tired. I’m a physical player, and I have been able to score a lot of goals. I hope I can continue to score goals for the team the rest of the season.

SS: Have you always played as a forward in your soccer career?

AC: For the most part. I played as a center attacking midfielder and a forward in high school, and now I am playing as an outside attacking midfielder at Ohio. I like the position I’m playing here. It’s similar to what I’ve been playing growing up.

SS: What other sports did you play while growing up besides soccer?

AC: I tried playing T-ball and basketball. I couldn’t really get into either sport, but I have found my interest in soccer.

SS: You have one goal under your belt. Did you ever think you would make a contribution to the team so early in your career?

AC: I didn’t expect a lot of playing time as a freshman, but I’ve taken advantage of my opportunity. I was so excited when I scored my first goal. It was an awesome feeling. I was in tears. I hope I can keep it going this season.

SS: What was your high school soccer experience like? Did you play for any club teams in the process?

AC: I went to a rather large high school (Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Ohio) where about 800 seniors graduate each year, but I have a four-year varsity letter and I was a part of two conference championship teams. We had a good team and program. As for my club career, I played in the Elite Clubs National League. I traveled a lot and it was a competitive league. Our team did really well and it was all-year round, so I never got a break. But I loved it and it was a lot of fun.

SS: What’s it like to play for Coach Rodgers?

AC: It’s a similar situation to playing for my club coach. My club coach and him are best friends and have roomed together, so they’ve known each other for a while. I really like him, and it’s been easy to come in and adjust to the team.

SS: Are there any older players who have taken you under their wing and showed you the ropes of collegiate soccer?

AC: All of the upperclassmen have been really supportive of me and the other freshmen. Nothing has been hasty. All of them have made me and the others feel at home, and they have showed us the ropes. The sophomores even helped us with our freshman roles our first week with the team.

SS: What do you like to do in your spare time?

AC: I don’t have a lot of spare time these days, but I like to hang out with my friends. I just like to have fun.

SS: What’s your major, and what do you want to do with your degree?

AC: Well, I was going to go into athletic training, but I think it would be almost impossible to balance soccer with that work load, so I’m currently undecided. I’m taking interesting classes like sociology and criminology, so I’m hoping to make a decision on a major by the end of the semester.

SS: What are your goals for the rest of the season?

AC: I want to try to score more goals for the team. I’d love to be able to score a goal every game. I also want to get more involved with the team so it can be more like a family atmosphere.

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