Shari is a senior Economics major from Canyon Country, Calif. who has played in 55 games for the Cardinal in her four years on the Farm. The midfielder has scored three game-winners so far this season and was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Sept. 6. A team captain, Shari now has eight career goals.
Question of the Week: What is your favorite thing to do outside of soccer?
I've always been a fan of extreme sports like snowboarding, surfing and cliff-jumping and I tend to get stupid injuries doing them. My friends and I used to like to go to campsites with streams and rivers and find cliffs to jump off of. It probably wasn't the smartest thing because I jumped off of one and hit the water and landed on a rock right under it and sprained my ankle really badly three weeks before preseason freshman year. Other than surfing though, I've only had a chance to do them every once in awhile over the summer. Also, I really like to sing and dance, which I have done since I was three. Our team loves to dance and go out and have fun together.
The Week That Was: Tennessee and Boston University
"I definitely think we took something out of Sunday's game. BU is a really good team. They came off of upsetting Santa Clara, who is No. 3 right now. The first half, we knew we were a better team but we were still being impatient. I think that's the problem we encountered against Tennessee on Friday; we wanted to score so badly that we just kept pushing it. In the second half, we did a better job of working it around and waiting for opportunities to open up. It was fun to get that first goal. It was a good build-up play and Hillary (Heath) made an awesome cross. Kelley (O'Hara) made the near-post run, which played a factor so I pretty much had a one-on-one with the keeper. It was set up well by the whole team. Once we got the first goal, then three of them came, which was good for our team to see. Once we get the first goal our confidence raises so much higher and goals keep coming. We could have had so many more goals than just three, which is nice to know. Our patience against BU definitely shows a step in our maturity level. We have a young team so now that they see that we can play the ball around and eventually score, we'll have more confidence for future games."
The Week That Is: UC Irvine and San Diego State
"I don't know too much about either team but they're both good Division I programs so they definitely shouldn't be taken lightly. If we play well, we should be able to beat any team. We need to try to be a little more patient this week, and focus on working the ball around and spreading out. Teams will get exhausted. We run a lot so our fitness level is high and we should be able to wear out a lot of teams. Both of the teams this weekend will be fired up to play us and that's awesome. We should be fired up to play everyone too and need to step up to the challenge and prove that in general, teams should look to Stanford as a team to beat."