Q and A: Soccer Player Jocelyn Bement

Oct. 30, 2008

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

This Friday when the Eastern Washington University women's soccer team takes on the University of Montana in its last game of the season, six Eagle seniors will play their last game in an EWU uniform. One of those seniors, Jocelyn Bement, has been a mainstay at attacking midfielder since her arrival on campus in 2005 out of Kamiakin High School in Kennewick, Wash.

Bement earned first team All-State honors and was named the Big 9 Conference and the Tri-City Herald Player of the Year her senior year at Kamiakin.

As a true freshman in 2005, Bement saw time in seven games and scored one goal. That goal was a game winner against Portland State that sent the Eagles into the Big Sky Championship. In 2006, she played in all 19 games while starting 12. Bement scored one goal on 15 shot attempts.  Last season, Bement started 16-of-17 games and contributed three assists, tied for the second-most in Eagle history for a single season.

This season, Bement has started every game for the Eagles and has one assist. The game-winning assist came just this past Sunday (Oct. 26) against the Northern Colorado Bears, as the Eagles went on to win 1-0 to pick up their first conference win of the season.

Bement will make her 61st and final start Friday (Oct. 31) against the Grizzlies of Montana.  The game begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Eastern Washington University Sports & Recreation Field.

Q: How are you feeling going into your last game as an Eagle this Friday?

A: "Sad, anxious, nervous, and excited . . . all of those things. I can't wait to play my last game as an Eagle and get a WIN! But at the same time I'm very sad knowing it's going to be the last of my career. I'm going to miss all of the girls!"

Q: You have played in 60 games in your career; do you have a most memorable game?

A: "My most memorable game would have to be my freshman year when I scored the game-winning goal against Portland State to make it into the Big Sky Tournament. That was such an awesome feeling especially being a freshman! That experience made me a lot more confident."

Q: What kind of bond have you formed over the last four years with the five other seniors on the team?

A: "Oh man they are all awesome girls. We all started out in clicks as we were freshman but slowly became really good friends, and I can't imagine these past four years without them. We are never serious about anything and never really get embarrassed.  All of us are crazy and just like to laugh and making others laugh. Lilly (Bourret) has the dumbest BUT funniest jokes."

Q: What kind of role has soccer played in your life?

A: "Soccer has always been such a huge part of my life. I would not be the person I am today without such wonderful teammates and great experiences. It's taught me how to be competitive, taught me self-discipline and has given me some of the best friends I could ever have. I did ballet for nine years and had to choose between the two and I'm sure glad I chose soccer!"

Q: Who have been the most influential people in your academic and athletic career while at Eastern?

A: "I would have to say my parents because without them supporting me, I would not be where I am today. School hasn't always come easy for me, so having parents that push me to work as hard as I can in school and in soccer is something that I really needed in my life. Something else that has been a huge influence is my faith. God is such a huge part of my life, and I thank him every day for giving me the ability and opportunity to play soccer as long as I have."

Q: What part of soccer do you enjoy the most?

A: "Being a very competitive person, the best part about soccer is the competitive nature and knowing you have 40 people who are like sisters is great. You can tell anything to them and they will be there for you all the time."

Q: If you have one, what is your pre-game ritual?

A: "I would have to say that before every game some of my rituals are I pass with Lauryn (Koelzer) before warm-ups, the team pushes me in the middle of the circle while they get pumped up right before getting on the field and saying a little prayer."

Q: What are your plans for after you graduate?

A: "I still have another year until I graduate but becoming an elementary teacher and hopefully getting to teach the second grade."

Q: If you were stranded on an island and could have one teammate with you, who would it be and why?

A: "Lauryn (Koelzer) of course because she is funny. I can talk to her about everything, and she's a Susie homemaker! She's a really good cook and can pretty much do everything. She would find a way for us to eat and she would probably make clothes for us too!"

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