Sept. 20, 2013
In the second installment of our "Getting To Know" soccer Q&A series, we sat down with freshman Summer Burnett. Check back for more student-athlete features this season!
ATHENS, Ga. --- Summer Burnett is a freshman defender from Makakilo, Hawaii. She has started all eight of the Bulldogs games so far this season and ranks fourth in minutes played with 659. Burnett played a significant role, along with center back partner Torri Allen, in Georgia historic shutout streak of 652:37. The streak included six straight shutouts.
Q: What’s been the biggest change for you coming from high school soccer to college soccer?
A: I would say the way that here we have functional training where we break it down and we have a defensive system. The defense here we have our own system and in order to play defense you need to know your system and we have our own coach for that and we split up in training for the functional training where defense works on defensive stuff and offense works on their stuff and I’ve never really had that individual defensive training. A lot of times in high school we focus so much on offense and not really focus on specifically defense.
Q: How has focusing on defense so much affected you since your arrival?
A: It’s definitely improving me. I knew the basics to defending but defending individually and defending as a team are two separate things so being trained a as defensive back line to work together and defending one against one learning from a coach helps me as a defender. I’ve improved so much in the past two months; I’ve improved as much in the past two months as I had the four years previously.
Q: What has been the best thing about the University of Georgia in your short time here?
A: I love being independent and being on my own and kind of having my own space in the dorms I really like that. I love being at home with my family but it’s a chance and I like it and I’m learning to like it and I like to make decisions on my own and I’m learning so much about myself just from being here the past couple of months.
Q: How have you found the team and the chemistry and dynamic within the team?
A: If you’d asked me this question over the summer after I’d just got here it was a little different, I didn’t know a single person coming in to this team being from Hawaii being from so far away and having a team where half of the team is from the same state and played club together. They naturally are more comfortable hanging out with each other and it’s hard to find your place in that at first but over the first couple of months really I love every single person in that locker room right now. They’re my sisters and I love my teammates.
Q: How have you found the transition from Hawaii to Athens?
A: I’d say it’s been mainly a smooth transition. The culture is definitely different here but it is a culture that I’m learning to love. It’s not something that is completely different but it’s different to where I notice it. It’s something that I’m accepting and coming to appreciate.
Q: How have the coaches been to work with?
A: The coaches are great. The coaching staff together as a team is so great with the team. The way one coach can say something and another coach can build off of that, they’re always on the same page and so that makes training go more smoothly because it’s not confusing anybody. Everybody is on the same page and I love that.