Dedication, creativity and drive are among some of the qualities UNC-Greensboro students bring to the table. Students are gathered from all different walks of life and are honored to embrace diversity. This week, The Carolinian had the pleasure of interviewing UNCG women’s soccer player, Georgia Brown. Brown, a junior defensive player, hails from Queenstown, New Zealand, and has yet to disappoint during her three-year run as a dynamic asset for the Spartans.
Brown attended St. Hilda’s collegiate high school, playing multiple sports including: basketball, skiing, cross country and soccer. She was named MVP of the soccer team and was third at nationals as a sprinter on the cross country team.
During her freshman season with UNCG, Brown was named to the 2013 Southern Conference (SoCon) all-freshman team. She played in 20 games, starting 19 in her first collegiate season. She finished the year with three goals and two assists. During her sophomore year, Brown, who started and played in all 20 games, was named to the SoCon All-Conference Second Team. While making the SoCon Honor Roll, Brown would finish her second season with a career high in minutes played (1,655) and with four assists and 15 shots.
On an international level, Brown helped the Under-20 national team win its Oceania qualifying round in Auckland, New Zealand. Brown helped guide the team to a 3-0 record with wins against Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and Samoa, scoring her first two international goals against New Caledonia, playing half a game in all three contests. Brown also traveled with the team in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
During her interview, Brown rewound the clock, giving an inside look as to when she began her love for the sport. “I started playing club soccer with the boys when I was 10,” Brown said. “There were two other girls and we would usually leave practice with three daisy chains each or a perfect cartwheel. I didn’t fall in love with the game or start taking it seriously until I was 14.”
When questioned about her love for sports, Brown revealed that she was a sports fanatic throughout her high school career, saying, “We were allowed to sign up for a maximum of six sports per semester. I tried a lot of different sports throughout high school…but my consistent favorites that I took seriously, apart from soccer, was basketball, ski racing, touch rugby, futsal and track.”
Brown revealed her love for sports was driven by a strong family support system, saying, “I can’t even begin to tell you in one short paragraph just how much my family has done for me because it just won’t give this question any justice.”
Her father, Derek, was a member of his national ski team while her mother Anna captained her representative regional hockey team.
Brown’s drive and passion for competitive sports begged the question as to how she maintains her academic success.
When asked what her secret was, Brown admitted that there were no magical tricks up her sleeve. “If someone knows this secret you’re talking about, I would love to know,” Brown humbly answered.
“Unfortunately, I can’t go on every field trip and to every single class because of games sometimes. Or I might be tired in training because of studying for exams,” Brown said.
“Or I might have to miss a friend’s 21 birthday because of soccer. Just accepting and realizing that sacrifice is a huge part of being a student athlete but always being willing to do the best I can at keeping a good balance.”
When questioned about pursuing soccer on a professional level, Brown had this to say, “At the moment I am mostly torn between giving professional soccer a try, or going back to New Zealand and getting started in my career. Whatever feels right at the time will be my decision.”
With future career goals in mind, Brown expressed her excitement for the upcoming season.
“Coming into a leadership role as an upper class on the team is something I am taking seriously and focusing on as I know when I was a freshman and sophomore, I would look up to the upperclassmen on the team to be inspired by their passion, work ethics and experience they carried and showed, which made a difference,” Brown said.
“And obviously the main goal is to win. Whether it’s 3V3 in training, practice games, conference games — just always playing to win,” Brown explained.
With a devastating 3-0 loss to Loyola University Chicago, Brown is looking to seek redemption in the upcoming weeks against schools such as East Carolina, Elon and N.C. State.