Aug. 20, 2011
One of the newest faces on the East Carolina women's soccer team is true freshman Mackenzie Semerad. The Phoenix, Ariz. native was a four-year starter for coach Paul Manoogian at Desert Vista High School, where she helped the Thunder to the 2008 state finals and a pair of state semifinal appearances (2009-10).
Semerad, a two-time first-team all-state selection, made her collegiate debut on Friday, Aug. 19 in the season opener against No. 21 South Carolina logging 42 minutes and recording one shot on goal in the 18th minute of play.
Prior to the start of the 2011 season, ECUPirates.com sat down with the Arizona native for a quick 15 Question segment called "INSIDE THE TREASURE CHEST":
1. Most interesting thing you did this summer: Hiked the Grand Canon
2. Soccer in America is: Underrated!
3. Star I would like to dance with: Taylor Lautner (Twilight films)
4. Biggest DVR obsession: The Bachelorette
5. Favorite thing about autumn: Soccer and cooler weather
6. Song I sing in the shower: Don't Stop Believing by Journey
7. My favorite cartoon/TV show as a child was: Rocket Power
8. Favorite movie quote: "The inches we need are everywhere around us. They're in every break of the game, every minute, every second. On this team we fight for that inch. On this team we tear ourselves and everyone else around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch." - Any Given Sunday
9. If I were a Pirate, my name would be: Rocky
10. If I could be a character in a movie or TV show, it would be: The Bachelorette
11. Award I would most like to win: A Conference USA Championship
12. My favorite place on campus: My dorm
13. The first thing I owned that said "ECU" was: A T-shirt
14. My first paying job was: Babysitting
15. I chose East Carolina because: It rules!!