PISCATAWAY, N.J. (August 15, 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 defender Courtney Norton (Mount Laurel, N.J.).
#50 Courtney Norton
Position: D | Height: 5-9
Prior to Rutgers: Rated the No. 22 overall player in New Jersey and given a four-star grade by TopDrawerSoccer.com … named a 2013 girls high school all-American in her final season at Lenape HS … was selected to the NJGSCA All-State Top 20, NJGSCA All-South Region Top 20, SJSCA First Team and was named SJSCA Defender of the Year in her senior season …Burlington County Times Player of the Year and First Team All-County selection (2013) … named First Team All-South Jersey and a First Team Olympic Conference All-Star by the Philadelphia Inquirer (2013) … led Lenape to NJSIAA Group IV State Championships in 2010 and 2011 … team was also a state semifinalist in 2012 and 2013 … made the Lenape HS Academic Honor Roll from 2011-13 … a Region I ODP player, competing in Spain and Portugal in 2013.
Personal: Daughter of Bill and Colleen Norton … has one brother, Kyle … intends to major in exercise science and nutrition … born on Sept. 12, 1995.
Scarletknights.com: Why did you choose Rutgers?
Courtney Norton: The staff and the team, they were all about family and being together. Whenever I came on visits here they always made me feel welcome. Just what they’re about – they’re intense but they like having fun also – I just really liked that.
SK.com: What have your impressions been of your first preseason camp?
CN: It’s been really good. We’ve all been working really, really hard and our hard work has being paying off, especially with our scrimmage last time out. It’s just been a lot of fun.
SK.com: When did you first start playing soccer?
CN: I think I started when I was like five or six. I started getting competitive at around 10 years old. That’s when I really liked playing soccer and knew that I wanted to go far with it. I don’t know how I got into it I just know that I really wanted to play it.
SK.com: What is your favorite part of the game?
CN: I like how sometimes that one little moment or second can determine the whole game. It can be boring for a long time and then all of the sudden something happens that completely turns the game around. It’s really unpredictable and that one little second can change everything.
SK.com: From a fan perspective, do you have a favorite player, club and national team that you root for?
CN: I’d say [Lionel] Messi because he’s just so good and his foot skills are ridiculous. Nationally, I like rooting for the United States and I like Manchester City.
SK.com: Are you looking forward to your first year in school?
CN: I am getting there. It will probably be really different than high school because I’m going to have to write a lot. It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be fun.
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