Celeste Fushimi-Karns is one of nine freshmen on the Ohio Bobcats.
With her long throw-ins and defensive skills, Fushimi-Karns, a native of Dublin, Ohio, has become a recognizable face after playing in all 12 games this season. Fushimi-Karns, who also has one assist to her name this season, also seems determined to keep improving as a player. With goals of making it to the MAC championship and giving 100 percent effort for every game and practice, Fushimi-Karns, a defender, is working on making a name for herself.
Speakeasy met up with Fushimi-Karns to talk about her goals for the season, what she likes to do when she’s not on the field and what her Ohio soccer experience has been like so far.
Speakeasy Sports: When did you begin playing soccer?
Celeste Fushimi-Karns: When I was 3 years old I did all the little rec things.
Speakeasy: What was your high school soccer experience like?
CFK:I loved high school soccer. It was really fun. The girls were really nice. We weren’t the best team, but we had a lot of chemistry and were really close with our coaches. It was a really good time.
Speakeasy: What made you decide to come to Ohio University?
CFK:I just really loved the school and they were talking to me a lot. I came and visited, and I loved it right away. And I loved the team and the coaches.
Speakeasy: What’s it like to play for Coach Rodgers?
CFK: It’s awesome. I love it. I love his passion and his intensity all the time, and he always just makes me want to be better and makes the team want to be better all the time.
Speakeasy: What has been your favorite moment as an athlete?
CFK: I would have to say my senior year of high school we made it to district championships. It was nice because the whole team came together and we were able to get a win even though we weren’t the best team out there.
Speakeasy: So I’ve noticed you have long throw ins. How did you get so good at them?
CFK: I did gymnastics and I’ve always had a flexible back and flexible shoulders so it just came naturally to me. I just started working on it more as I grew up and it just got longer and longer.
Speakeasy: What are you doing when you’re not playing soccer?
CFK: Mostly studying. And I like to watch Netflix a lot. Whenever I’m not studying and not playing soccer I’m watching Netflix.
Speakeasy: Who is your role model?
CFK: On the field I’d have to say Mollie (Whitacre). I came in, and I didn’t think I was going to be an outside back. Once I started knowing that I was going to go in for her, I started studying her and watching how she played, and I love how she plays. I really look up to her as a player and a person.
Speakeasy: What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
CFK: Never stop pursuing your goals, and never stop working hard because you never know when something could happen and you could be done playing soccer. Just 100 percent effort with everything that you do.
Speakeasy: What are your plans for after college?
CFK: I really want to be a speech pathologist. I don’t know if I want to work in a school or work in a practice but I really want to help people with speech language pathology.
Speakeasy: What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
CFK: I would have to say get to the MAC championship. Maybe win a MAC championship this year and just keep progressing as a team and I can feel it. I know it’s coming and we’re going to get there and keep winning games.