The University of Minnesota soccer team has concluded their spring activities, and are in full offseason mode. GopherSports.com will sit down with each player on the 2018 team to get to know them better on and off the field!
Senior April Bockin was next to sit down with us as we got to know her more on and off the field!
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GopherSports.com: What are your summer plans? Internship? Travel? Playing Soccer? ANYTHING!
April Bockin: I am taking two classes (biomechanics and exercise physiology), volunteering at the hospital, and playing with the FIRE WPSL team
GS: Heading out of school for a few months, what do you like to do with your free time? Hobbies? Interests?
AB: In my free time I enjoy doing anything outside. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family, bowling, and naps.
GS: How did you begin playing soccer? What sparked your interest as a child?
AB: My older brother played and I would go to all his games. Once I was old enough, my parents signed me up and I’ve been playing ever since.
GS: What other positions have you played in the past? For instance… if you were a goal scorer in high school, and you are not now, what has that position change been like? Or vice versa…
AB: I have been a forward my whole life.
GS: What kind of person would you describe yourself as? What kind of player would you describe yourself as?
AB: I would describe myself as a reserved person. I am quiet but my teammates will tell you I am a little sassy at times. I would also say I have a good sense of humor. As a player, I would say I am quick, creative, and competitive.
GS: Have you played other sports in your life?
AB: I figure skated for 11 years and ran track in high school
GS: Is there a story behind your number you have in college? What about what you had in high school?
AB: There isn’t a story behind my college number. We had a list of numbers and I chose 20. In high school, I was number 16 all 4 years. I was 16 because the year before I was in high school, a good player wore 16 and no one wanted to follow her in wearing that number. Since I was a freshman, I didn’t really have a choice in what number I wore, the 16 jersey was just thrown at me (literally).
GS: What made you choose to come to the University of Minnesota? What does it mean to be a Gopher to you?
AB: I came to the University of Minnesota because it had everything I wanted in a school. I wanted to go to a big school in the Midwest with excellent academics and a quality soccer team; Minnesota had it all. I also liked the culture of the team and the program, it suited my personality better than some of the other schools I looked at. And, it’s a bonus to be able to represent my home state at the only Division I university.
GS: What is your favorite part about playing soccer here?
AB: My favorite part of playing soccer here is the people. Having the right people around me has made doing the hard workouts easier and winning the big games that much better.
GS: Favorite Soccer player? Favorite Professional athlete?
AB: Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath because they are both very creative players.
GS: Favorite food/meal?
GS: Favorite Sport besides soccer?
AB: I enjoy watching hockey and gymnastics.
GS: Favorite place you have traveled to?
AB: St. John, Virgin Islands
GS: Favorite _____ (You pick something!)
AB: Favorite app: candy crush. I’m on level 1645.
GS: Favorite _____ (You pick something!)
AB: Favorite movie: Elf, anytime of the year.
Gopher Soccer Announces 2018 Schedule
5/18/2018 - W. Soccer
Minnesota has announced its 2018 schedule which includes 11 home matches.
Get to Know the Gophers: April Bockin
5/17/2018 - W. Soccer
GopherSports.com will sit down with each player on the 2018 team to get to know them better on and off the field!
Seidel Departing Minnesota for Macalester
5/16/2018 - W. Soccer
After 10 years as a part of the University of Minnesota soccer program, Krystle Seidel has accepted a job as the next head coach at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.