SOCCER AMERICA interviews Tobin Heath
, one of the most skillful players to enter the women's college ranks. In 2006, she was part of a spectacular freshman
class that led North Carolina to the national championship. Just back from the Olympics, where she was part of the U.S. gold-medal team, Heath calls the '08 Tar Heels a "special team."
TOBIN HEATH: College:
University of North Carolina Class:
Basking Ridge, N.J. High
Ridge Youth Club:
PDA Wildcats Major:
Communications Why your team will win the College Cup?
We have a special team this year. We have a lot of talented freshman that are contributing and getting lots of minutes. We also got a lot of
starters back. The team chemistry is incredible. We're really coming together on the field. Hopefully, we can continue and peak at the right time. Biggest
area of improvement needed to win College Cup?
Finishing. We need to be more composed in the final third. Greatest asset as a
I'm comfortable on the ball. I like going 1 v 1 at players. Biggest weakness as a player?
I could use some work on my
defensive mentality. Best advice you received when you entered college?
Live in the dorms. Advice
you gave your freshmen about Coach Dorrance?
I would tell them don't let any coach determine how good you're going to be. That's a direct quote from [U.S. women's coach] Pia [Sundhage]
. Pregame ritual?
I don't have one. I'm kind of a random person. Postgame ritual?
I don't have any rituals I guess. Favorite hangout when you're back home?
house, the kitchen. Favorite hangout on campus or in town?
Avery Dorm. Fondest memories-playing high
school or youth soccer?
Winning the 2003 National Championship with my club team. 18 or 21-what should the drinking age be?
don't really have an answer. I don't drink. I guess 18. Obama or McCain-whom do you support?
Tough one. McCain.