Harborfields' Caroline Wallace, left, goes after the ball in front...

Harborfields' Caroline Wallace, left, goes after the ball in front of Sayville's Jessica O'Shaughnessy. (Sept. 24, 2013) Credit: Richard T. Slattery

Welcome to the first installment of Off the Pitch.  Each week we’ll sit down with a local high school soccer player and ask her a series of questions....some that relate to soccer, some that don’t, and some that may even be slightly embarrassing.

If you'd like to be featured, e-mail me at michael.gavin@newsday.com, or message me on Twitter at @MikeGavin7, or just come talk to me at a game. 

This week we feature Caroline Wallace of Harborfields. With tremendous field vision and an ability to shoot with either foot, Wallace is a dangerous playmaker who can both finish and distribute.  She has scored in six out of seven games for the Tornados this season and leads the team with eight goals.  She is also tied for a team-high in assists with three....and as you’ll soon find out, she gets pumped up before games by listening to the music of a former Disney Channel diva.

Caroline Wallace now takes us Off the Pitch....   

Brag about yourself, what do you do well on the field? “On the field I rely a lot on my speed and strength as well as my athletic ability. I try to read the play before it happens and anticipate where I think it will be going next and put myself in the best position after that.”

What do you remember about your first varsity goal? “My first varsity goal was in eighth grade and I don’t exactly remember the game but I am sure I thought it was a big deal at the time because everyone was so much bigger than me.”

What’s the most important skill for a forward to have? “To know that if the ball is anywhere near the goal you will do whatever you need to in order to score. You need to never give up.”

What’s your pregame pump-up song? “I don’t have a specific song but I love listening to Hannah Montana before games.”

Your thoughts on Miley Cyrus these days? “I am not a huge fan of hers anymore. I think she's turning into a bad role model and losing followers daily. I am just a fan of her music.” 

What has been your favorite moment while playing for Harborfields? “Our team pasta parties before every game. Our team dynamic is just great and we all get along so well.”

Tell us why you think Harborfields can win a county title… “We have a deep bench and every single player on our team works their hardest.  No matter who you put in the game you know that they will work hard and do whatever they need to do to help the team. We all love each other on and off the field and I think that we have a dynamic no other team has. Lauren Johnson and Julia Friedman on defense are always reliable defenders. I know they will always get back and win the ball. Our center midfields Michaelyn Benson, Olivia Deluca and Emily Hahm control the ball very well and all have a great vision of the field. I can always count on them to play me a great through ball.”

Any pre-game rituals? “A pre-game ritual our team has is that every bus ride to an away game we blast music on the speakers as loud as they can go and we all sing at the top of our lungs.”

Goals for the season? “My goal for the season is to do all I can to help my team.  I know that it’s up to me and the other upperclassmen to lead by working very hard at practice and in games.  I figure that if I do that well, I will be recognized and it will get me closer to my dream of playing college soccer.”

Future career? “I would like to do something business related and hopefully work on Wall Street at some point.”

Favorite TV show? “Friday Night Lights.”

Something people would be surprised to learn about you? “Some people may be surprised to know that I share a birthday with my 10-year-old brother.”

Advice for young soccer players? “I would tell young soccer players to make sure that you are having fun as well as playing hard. When soccer is not fun - or any sport - it’s time to change something.  I would also say to always play at 100 percent until the last whistle blows. A game can change in a matter of seconds and every tackle counts.”

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