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August 26, 2009 4:50 PM

Berry Nice: Q and A with freshman soccer phenom


Whitney Berry, a freshman forward/midfielder on the KU soccer team, scored a goal in her first career match Aug. 23 in a 2-0 victory at Drake. It wasn't the first accomplishment for the Goddard High School product. While a Lion, Berry was named to all-league, all-region, and all-6A state teams during each of her four seasons. She also is the only athlete to be named to The Wichita Eagle All Metro First-team every year of her high school career. "Inside Jayhawk Nation" caught up with the talented futbol player to find out about scoring a goal in her first game, scary movies, and her favorite athletes.

Inside Jayhawk Nation: What was playing in your first Division I soccer game like? Especially scoring a goal in a Jayhawk victory.


Whitney Beery: "It was really exciting to say the least. I just tried to have as much fun as possible. If I didn't have fun I probably would have played a lot worse."

IJN: What has been the biggest adjustment from high school to college soccer?


WB: "The speed of play. I think I adjusted pretty well. It's just such a drastic change."

IJN: What did all those individual awards feel like? By the time you were a senior was it like, 'Oh, wow, another award.'?"


WB: "No. All of them were exciting. I didn't really expect them to come. I was just as excited each time."

IJN: Why did you choose KU?


WB: "The great facility. I came on some visits and I really liked everything about KU and the team."

IJN: Who is your favorite athlete?


WB: "Since I was little I would have to say (former UNC and USA soccer star) Mia Hamm. She was all over the place. Now I would have to say (Brazilian soccer star) Cristiano Ronaldo. He's really fast and I like to try to play like that."

IJN: Did you get a lot of support from family members as far as continuing your soccer dream?
WB: "My Mom. She's just taken me anywhere and everywhere my whole life and I am thankful for that."

IJN: At what point did you know you were good enough for Division I?

WB: "My club coach kept coaching me into that and telling me that I was good enough. I just needed to keep working at it. I talked with (KU head coach) Mark (Francis) and he agreed."

IJN: What do you do to kill time while in Lawrence?

WB: "I love to watch movies. Anything scary."

IJN: Has college soccer been what you were expecting, or completely different?

WB: "It's exactly what I expected."

Beery and her teammates will be in action again Aug. 28 against Pepperdine at Knoxville, Tenn., as part of the Lady Vol Classic. To follow the team online, go to http://www.kuathletics.com/sports/w-soccer/kan-w-soccer-body.html.

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