October 18, 2013

EXTRA TIME: Meet Freshman Midfielder/Defender Tatyana Ungacta

2013-14 Tatyana Ungacta As part of a weekly series, FullertonTitans.com will introduce you to some of the new faces on the Cal State Fullerton women's soccer team in a little feature we like to call "Extra Time." This week, we introduce you to freshman midfielder/defender Tatyana Ungacta who hails all the way from Hagatna, Guam.

A four-year letter winner in soccer at Harvest Christian Academy, who also played three seasons of volleyball and basketball, Ungacta was a two-time All-Island First-Team selection as a junior and senior and a second-team honoree in her first two seasons. She has spent time as a member of Guam's youth national teams as well as stints with the full national team at various international tournaments.

"SHORT SHOTS"

Q: One thing you can't live without...
A: My parents

Q: Favorite game show...
A: I don't watch game shows

Q: Favorite actor...
A: Ryan Gosling

Q: Favorite actress...
A: Angelina Jolie

Q: Favorite TV show...
A: "Criminal Minds" & "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

"EXPLAIN YOURSELF"

Q: I became a Titan because...
A: I became a Titan because I fell in love with the school and the campus and I was given a great opportunity to play soccer at the Division I level.

Q: Cal State Fullerton soccer will be fun to watch in this year because...
A: We will win the Big West Conference and go on to the NCAA Tournament.

Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: Listen to upbeat music and zone everyone else out.

Q: The best advice I have ever received/the worst advice I have ever received is...
A: Best: Keep working hard and don't give up in anything I do... Worst: You're not good enough and you should stop while you're ahead.

Q: The toughest team I have ever played against...
A: Hong Kong Women's National Team

Q: The toughest player I have ever faced...
A: One of the member's of Australia's National Team (I don't remember her name)

Q: The most memorable place I have ever played a soccer match...
A: New Caledonia. It was a very memorable trip because our team was really close and none of us had ever been to New Caledonia. There was an array of countries and people who had attended this tournament. It was a good experience athletically and individually.

Q: What has been the hardest, most surprising, thing about transitioning from high school to college...
A: It's a lot different coming from a little island and transitioning over to the States. It's just hard being far away from my parents and friends. Things are very unfamiliar here and it will just take some time getting used to it.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up...
A: A teacher. I used to think that being a teacher would be so fun... before I realized that the pay wasn't so good.

Q: If I could play a sport OTHER than soccer, it would be...
A: Volleyball. I get an insane rush when I get a kill or an ace.

Q: In 10 years, I would like to be...
A: I want to be settled down with a family, a nice place to live, and a good job that will support me and my family.

Q: If I were stranded on a desert island, and I could only bring one thing, it would be...
A: My phone to call someone to get me OFF the island.

Q: My favorite soccer moment was...
A: During my game in New Caledonia against the Cook Islands, one of the opposing players ended up getting by both of the central defenders and ended up in a 1-v-1 with our goalkeeper. She got past our keeper while I was still recovering, but I got back in time, slid in front of her shot, and saved us from being down a goal.

Q: My favorite quote/saying by Coach Brown (so far)...
A: "Wonderful"

Q: If I could invite three famous people to dinner, I would choose...
A: Mia Hamm and Hope Solo... both giants of the game with a lot of great experience and I'd like to talk to them to find out what it takes to get to where they are.

Q: If I could have a super hero power it would be...
A: Invisibility... When I don't want to talk to people, I can just go and hide.