Name: Steph Brandt
Hometown: Rochester, MN
What about Minnesota made you decide that you wanted to be a Gopher?:
Growing up in Minnesota, the idea of playing soccer and representing my home state was exciting for me. On top of that, I knew I would be joining an amazing soccer family, and getting my degree from an outstanding university. Everything felt right, and it was obvious to me that I was meant to be a Gopher.
What is special/different about this team?:
This team is special because we have a great mix of personalities and talents that allow us to get along with each other both on and off the field.
What does Gopher Soccer mean to you?:
For me, Gopher Soccer provides an arena within which young women can grow both as players and as people. During my time with this incredible program, I have been able to improve my soccer skills, and also develop many personal qualities through the triumphs and failures that we have faced together.
When did you first start playing soccer?:
I started playing soccer when I was in kindergarten.
What is your favorite soccer memory?:
My favorite soccer memory was in the NCAA tournament when we played with huge piles of snow all around our field.
What is your favorite local Minneapolis restaurant and what do you order when you are there?:
My favorite local restaurant is Chilly Billy's. I always get a couple different flavors of frozen yogurt, and a bunch of toppings because it's too hard to choose.
If you could give any advice to incoming students at the "U", what would it be?:
I would tell them to take advantage of all the cool activities this school and city have to offer. There is a time to study and a time to have fun, and it is the combination of those that make college such a worthwhile experience.
What do you think your biggest strength on and off the field?:
On the field, my biggest strength is finding different ways to make our offense dangerous, and off the field my biggest strength is making things more efficient and problem solving.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?:
In 5 years, I hope to be in a thriving career as a Physician Assistant.
What is your biggest goal for the season?:
My biggest goal for the season is for us to get into the NCAA tournament. It is so much fun to compete on a big stage, and I know this is a team that can get there.
What is your favorite non-athletic building on campus and why?:
My favorite non-athletic building is Folwell Hall because it has 28 chimneys and 0 fireplaces, and I took a Spanish course there that I really enjoyed.
Who is your biggest role model and why?:
One of my biggest role models is Adrian Peterson, because he was able to overcome the adversity of injury, and come back to have one of the best seasons of his life.