The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The 4th student-athlete selected this year is women's soccer player Erin McClelland.
McClelland was a force for the WildCats in two games this week. She helped the backline hold LC to only one goal in the first half on Tuesday, with numerous clears. In the game against Emory & Henry College, she was her usual assertive self on the backline, but added more on the offensive end. She scored the first goal of the game on a long-ranged shot from outside the box. The goal proved to be the winner.
You scored your first goal of the season, which proved to be the game-winner, how does this set you and the rest of the team up for the second-half of the season?
After scoring my goal I was really excited and I think the team was too because it gave us a little extra motivation so that we could keep pushing through such a tough game and not give up just because we were ahead. It would have been easy for us to just defend the rest of the game but we came out in the second half fighting just as hard and we got another goal out of it!
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
I love the small community because it gives you a sense of family where ever you go on campus.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
Being a student-athlete definitely forces you to learn how to manage your time between school, athletics, and even your personal life. But it definitely keeps me focused on what is important.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College cross country?
Coach Porterfield is an amazing coach and I can't imagine playing for anyone else. He has taught me so much and I've grown tremendously as a player under him. I also love the friends that I have on the team. I know that if I'm upset or stressed out for any reason, I can go to my teammates and lean on their shoulder with no questions asked. They really are my second family and I couldn't play a good game without them. I owe everything to them.