PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 14, 2014) – In advance of the 2014 season, ScarletKnights.com will bring you brief Q&As with all six newcomers of the Rutgers women’s soccer team. This installment features freshman goalkeeper Casey Murphy (Bridgewater, N.J.).
#23 Casey Murphy
Position: GK | Height: 6-0
Prior to Rutgers: Rated the No. 18 overall player in New Jersey and a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com … was a US Soccer U18 National Team pool player in 2013, the same year her PDA Slammers team won the ECNL U17 National Championship … a US Soccer U15 and U14 member … starting goalkeeper that helped guide Bridgewater-Raritan HS to the NJSIAA Group IV State title in 2013 … faced 143 shots and made 131 saves in her senior season … allowed just 12 goals and posted 16 shutouts … won Bridgewater-Raritan HS team MVP award in her senior season … named a First Team selection and Player of the Year by the Courier News (2013) … named First Team All-State and Somerset County Player of the Year by the Star-Ledger (2013) … also named Second Team All-State by the Star-Ledger in 2011 and 2012 … honor roll student … was a student teacher aide at Hillside Intermediate School.
Personal: Daughter of Jill and Michael Murphy … has one brother, Kyle … undecided on major … born on April 25, 1996.
Scarletknights.com: Why did you choose Rutgers?
Casey Murphy: I chose Rutgers because when I was getting recruited I was looking for a school that was competitive in soccer and also had very good academics. When [head coach] Mike [O’Neill] and [associate head coach] Meg [Ryan] were contacting me I was very interested in the program because of those reasons. As I got to know the team and go on more visits I really loved every minute of it.
SK.com: What have your impressions been of your first preseason camp?
CM: I think preseason has gone very well so far. The team has been very welcoming to not only me but all the freshman newcomers. It’s been different but having played for Mike and Meg before, I kind of had an idea of what to expect. The new team has been very welcoming.
SK.com: When did you first start playing soccer?
CM: I started playing soccer when I was five. I wasn’t a goalkeeper to start but I always played at least half in goal and then I switched to just playing goalie when I was around 10. I’ve always been a soccer fan and it’s always been my main sport.
SK.com: What is your favorite part of the game?
CM: I love the competitiveness, the team, the environment and winning.
SK.com: From a fan perspective, do you have a favorite player, club and national team that you root for?
CM: I love the whole United States Women’s National Team – picking one would be hard. They’re all kind of my role models. I am also a Manchester United fan.
SK.com: Are you looking forward to your first year in school?
CM: I think it’s going to be tough, but I’m excited. I don’t know exactly what I want to do but I’m excited to see what the classes have to offer.
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