Sep 6, 2013
In the first installment of our "Getting To Know" soccer Q&A series, we sat down with freshman Rachel Garcia. Check back for more student-athlete features this season!
ATHENS, Ga. --- Rachel Garcia is a freshman forward from Duluth, Ga. She came to Georgia after playing four years as a varsity starter at Greater Atlanta Christian. After her senior season she was named the 2013 Gatorade Georgia Soccer Female Player of the Year. Garcia has started three of Georgia’s four games so far this season and has appeared in all four. She has scored two goals in the early part of the Bulldogs schedule, her first coming in the 2-0 road win over Houston before adding her second in front of the Georgia fans in the 3-0 defeat of Mercer.
Georgiadogs.com: What has been the biggest challenge for you since arriving at Georgia?
Rachel Garcia: I'd say the biggest thing with college soccer is just the time management. From waking up in the morning, going to class, going to practice right after, and then going to practice at night it’s just hard to get everything in time with classes being harder in college and the soccer being longer and harder as well.
GD: How have you settled in with your teammates and what how have they been since your arrival?
RG: The team has been awesome. Literally all the girls get along really well; we’re really lucky. I came in with four of my club teammates so that was great to already know people coming in so I was very lucky.
GD: This is a very big class of freshmen (15 players). How have you settled in with that particular group?
RG: I was a little hesitant about it at first but now that I’m her I love it because there’s always someone to hang out with, we all get along really well, and we’re all going through it together so it’s nice to have everyone going through the same things as you.
GD: What was it like playing your first home games at Georgia this past weekend?
RG: It was awesome. Just the fan base of so many people, all the little kids coming to support you and cheer your name, it was such a different experience to any that I’ve had before.
GD: What’s been your favorite experience since beginning your college career at UGA?
RG: I would definitely say the Friday nights with your team and all of our family coming out to support us and going out to dinner with my family after. That’s always fun to me.
GD: How have you found working with the coaches everyday as opposed to only knowing them through recruiting?
RG: They’ve been really helpful. (Assistant coach) Robin (Confer) works with the forwards a lot so I’m around her a lot. (Associate head coach) Dan (Blank) and also (head coach) Steve (Holeman) have been really helpful to me just telling me little things I need to work on to make my game better.
GD: What are your goals for this season?
RG: I hope to score goals for the team and I also hope that our team is able to win championships.