Q & A with Women's Soccer Ashley Yelland

Go Leopards! Senior tri-captain Ashley Yelland
Senior tri-captain Ashley Yelland

Sept. 21, 2007

EASTON, Pa. - Ashley, let's start with the academics side of your life at Lafayette starting with a trip you made to Italy last semester.

Ashley: "It was a good opportunity. I was in a program with 300 students from across the country. I took classes on the European Union and their major policies studies. I went to see Fiorentina, the local soccer club in Florence. Overall, it was a good time and great experience."

You also did an externship with the Philadelphia Flyers, working with their marketing and fan development staff. How was your experience with the Flyers?

Ashley: "The Philadelphia Flyers externship was hosted by a Lafayette alum and allowed me the opportunity to test other job opportunities in a different occupation than my major. Most memorably, I helped with Eric Desjardins Fan Appreciation Night and met several former players, including John LeClair, Chris Theiren, Bob "The Hound" Kelly. In general, it was good exposure to the real work force.

Continuing to battle through some injuries, but the rumor is that you're almost set to return to the field.

Ashley: "I've been out since the second day of preseason and I've been really eager to return to the field. It's difficult to watch your teammates having so much fun on the field and knowing you're not apart of it. With that said, I was cleared today and I'm really looking forward to our challenging weekend.

Tri-captain for the second consecutive year. What have you done to still be a leader and continue to be a presence, even if you can't be on the field.

Ashley: "The most difficult part about being injured is not being allowed to travel with my teammates to the away games. To try and stay as involved as I could, I drove to the games to continue to support my teammates, despite being off the field. I hope that through my efforts, I helped the most I could through the first six games of the season."

What's the mindset of the team right now, especially with Patriot League season closing in pretty quickly?



Ashley: "The team is really positive and we still have great hopes for this weekend and the league games coming up. Our losses were hard to take but we've learned from them and hope to apply what we've learned to our future experiences in the games."

And last, two games this weekend with Manhattan on Friday and Mount St. Mary's on Sunday. What are your thoughts on the weekend?

Ashley: "We're very excited to play Manhattan. A former classmate of the seniors (Kierra Barrett) will be playing for them, so we're really excited to see her. I'm also pumped to see Cait Uff back in the lineup. It's going to be a tough weekend, but I think we're up for the challenge and we can get back to .500."

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