Up Close & Personal with Melissa Horn

Up next for the Lady Bobcats is freshman Melissa Horn of Pasadena, Maryland. Prior to becoming a defender/midlfielder for Lees-McRae, Horn played for Archbishop High School and for the Balitmore Bays in Maryland. Horn is the second leading scorer for the Lady Bobcats with four goals. She also has an assist credited to her name. Join us as we get to know her.

1. What made you decide to come to Lees-McRae College? Lees-McRae just seemed like the right fit for me as soon as I walked on campus. It was small enough to not make me feel like just a number to the school community and also small enough that I can have a personal relationship with my teachers.

2. What are you most looking forward to this season? I'm really looking forward to meeting all the girls and making new friends. I'm also, of course, looking forward to playing and hopefully having a successful season.

3. In which part of the game does your strength lie? I think when the pressure is on, I respond really well. I really like being the last defender before the goalie, because I always do my best to make sure our keeper doesn't have to even think about making a save. In a way I like the pressure because I feel like I handle it well.

4. What do you do to prepare yourself for matches? I normally listen to my iPod before games. Normally I'll think about the game right before quite a bit. I try not to psych myself out or think about the other team too much, but I definitely think about how I should play and my game.

5. Who has had the biggest impact on your soccer career? Probably my old coaches, Coach Tony and Coach Trish have had the biggest impact. They pretty much taught me everything I know now about the game and definitely helped me improve my game. They were my coaches but were also like my family and that definitely made an impact on me.

6. What is your favorite part about being a member of the Bobcat soccer team? Well, I think it's really cool to be a member of a college soccer team and especially to be a part of this one because we're building a team and making improvements constantly. It's not like we've won a million different honors, but we're working towards it. I think it's really neat to be a part of something like that.

7. What personal and team goals have you set for this season? Well, personally I have set a goal of coming in fit and being a competitor for a starting position on the team. The team goals would definitely include everyone coming in fit, everyone just working really hard, and maybe even a conference championship. I also really hope that everyone can get along, and we can all be really close.

8. What is the biggest mental challenge you face on the field? I think the biggest challenge I face on the field is recovering from mistakes I make. Sometimes it's really hard to keep playing to your potential when you make a few mistakes in a row. I really try not to be hard on myself but sometimes I think I am a little too tough and criticize the mistakes I make.

9. Who has been the biggest role model in your life? How? The biggest role model in my life definitely has been my grandmother. She did anything and everything for me, and I love her so much for it. She taught me how to work hard and how to appreciate what I have. I miss her every day, I wish she was still here to teach me.

10. What is your idea of a perfect afternoon?
My idea of a perfect afternoon would probably be just relaxing and hanging out. I enjoy going to the pool with my friends.

11. If you could try something new today what would you try and why? If I could try something new it would probably be playing lacrosse. For some reason I've always wanted to play, and I just never have. I love trying new sports and pretty much have played each one but lax. I think it would be something fun to do in my spare time.

12. Describe your favorite dessert. My favorite dessert would probably be something like chocolate chip cheesecake!! I really love cheesecake, but I also love chocolate when I eat dessert which is rare! Haha!