April is a Human Biology major from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. This season, she has started 14 games on defense for the Cardinal, and been a key part of the Stanford back line that has shutout 13 opponents already. April and the Stanford defense have also held 15 opponents to two shots on goal or less. The junior contributed her third career assist against No. 24 Wake Forest on August 27.
Question of the Week: What do you want to do after you graduate?
"I am majoring in Human Biology right now, and my focus is biochemical threats. I'm thinking after Stanford I want to go to medical school. I might take a year off and travel or something in between, but I think I will pursue med school after that. I plan on doing an internship this summer, maybe with the Center for Disease Control, just to see what I want my focus to be."
The Week That Was: Oregon State and Oregon
"I don't think we played our best soccer this weekend but it's really good to see that we can still win games and score goals when we don't play our best. In the past, we've had trouble with that. Sometimes we've even played well and not been able to win games, so our results this weekend were good to see. We even had Ali (Riley) missing one game and were able to do really well. Against Oregon State we won 2-0, which was good. Oregon came into the game undefeated in the Pac-10, so we knew that was going to be a tough game. They're a really hard-working team and we knew that going in. We didn't play as well as we wanted to in the first half but in the second half we came out and scored right off the bat, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the game."
The Week That Is: California
"Cal is always a tough game just because of everything surrounding it. They're our biggest rival, so even if they aren't as good this year, it's still going to be a tough game and be very physical. That's how that game always is. We need to work on winning 50-50 balls and getting the first ball and the second ball. Because Cal is really aggressive, that's something that we really have to make sure we focus on. If we can win those, we can control the game, whereas if they are getting a hold of those, it's going to be us defending the entire time. Obviously they work really hard and so we're going to have to take them as seriously as we take anyone else, even though they haven't had a great record in the Pac-10 so far. If we win this weekend, hopefully we'll host the NCAA Tournament because we're 15th now in the polls. It's a big game for us."