Before the season starts, Delaware Sports Blitz wanted to highlight some of the fall athletes at Goldey-Beacom College.
The next feature interview for Goldey-Beacom comes from women’s soccer forward Line Kristoffersen.
Kristoffersen helped lead the Lightning to a 15-5 record last season which brought the team to the semifinals for the first time in consecutive years. The 2018 squad also made school history by winning a conference tournament game in consecutive seasons.
The Goldey-Beacom forward had three goals, one assist, seven points, nine shots and seven shots at the goal in 18 games in the 2018 season.
Kristoffersen was honored with Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District and CACC Academic Honor Roll for excelling in her studies in the 2018 season.
Before coming to Goldey-Beacom, Kristoffersen won the Norway Cup with her club team and won the Norwegian Championship three years in a row.
Kristoffersen talks everything from making the adjustment of playing soccer in America from Norway and how the best part being on a team is the feeling of a second family.
Check out it below!
How did you start playing sports?
I started playing both soccer and handball when I was six years old, after figuring out that gymnastics was not my thing. Also, my dad has always been a huge soccer fan which helped push me in that direction.
What adjustments did you have to make from the jump of high school to college, regarding the sport you play?
Where I am from, we do not have high school sports so my whole life I have played club soccer. It’s very different than college, because from when I was 15 years old I played for the ladies team which consisted of players aged anything from 15-30. All of our practices were late at night too, so to play college soccer is a completely different experience for me. The style of soccer played in America is also different from the one I was used to from back home, so it took a few months to get used to it and find my place on the team.
How do you keep yourself in game shape in the off season for your sport?
I am very lucky because when I go back to Norway in early May, the season is still going on (ends early July). I get to practice and play with my old club team, which helps keep me in game shape. Also, during the off-season in the spring at the college we have good practices both on and off the soccer field. I am a big fan of going to the gym as well which the off-season is a good time for me to build some muscle.
What has a former or current coach taught you, that you still use today on or off the playing field?
I’ve been blessed with many talented coaches over the years of my career, but one of the most valuable lessons I have learned is that if you work hard, you can achieve anything. “Hard works beats talent.” This keeps me motivated both on the soccer field and in the classroom.
What is a typical day for you when the season is in full force?
Typically, I would have a class or two in the morning, so I would wake up an hour before to eat a good breakfast and get ready for class. After class, I would go home and prepare for a practice or a game that we would have later that day. Preparations include eating the right food at the right time, listening to music and mentally prepare for the task ahead. What can I do at practice or in the game today that is going to help my team succeed? The season is the busiest time of the year, so most days go to school, soccer and restitution (but it is definitely my favorite time of the year). Time management is key in order to balance school and sports.
What do you feel is your greatest strength?
My experience. I am a little older than most of my teammates and I have lived in three different countries (with three different cultures). I am used to adapting and I have learned a lot about myself and other people. I am mature with a professional attitude, both in soccer and school, and I take care of my teammates.
What do you feel you are weakest at and how do you work on to improve it?
I have a few weaknesses both on and off the field, but I am working on improving them every single day. For example, I wanted to run faster, so this whole summer I have been working on improving my speed, and if you look at my fitness tests from last preseason to this preseason, you can see the difference. Confidence on the field is something I have struggled with too and my teammates have been amazing in helping me improve here. Whether it is a physical thing or psychological thing I am weak at, there is always room for improvement – you just got to work on it every day.
Describe some of the highlights of your athletic career.
When I was younger, I played on a very talented club team. From age 13-17 we played in the final of 29 big tournament in and around Norway, where we won 27 of them. (Norway Cup being one of them, and winning the Norwegian championship three years in a row). Most of my highlights are from that time in my career, but I also have many highlights from my college career. Going to the CACC semifinals two years in a row has been a good experience, although we hope to win it this year. My first goal for GBC stands out, in a 2-1 win over Caldwell on our home field. Also, my goal in the CACC quarterfinal and my assist in the CACC semifinal last year was huge for me.
What is the best part of playing on a team?
The feeling of having a second family. This is something that is really important for me as an international. My whole family is thousands of miles away on the other side of the world, so being in America can be lonely sometimes. My team here at GBC makes that feeling go away. They are my family here. We have dinners together, we watch soccer together, we laugh together, we cry together, we win together and we lose together. We have a very strong connection both on and off the field, and it is this feeling that makes it so great to be a part of a team. Everything you do (especially in the off season) you do it not just for yourself but for them! You are a part of something bigger than yourself and that is a great feeling.
How do you stay motivated during the highs and lows of a season?
My team is a big motivating factor for me. They help me when I’m down and they take care of me when I do well. If I feel like I’m not doing well, I think of my team and that I need to be better for them. My family back home is always a good motivation too. It is motivating being a part of something that is bigger than just yourself.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
I would say my biggest challenge is being away from my family and friends back home for that long. Especially with having grandparents that are growing old and everything it can be hard to be this far away, but we skype very often and use social media a lot to communicate, so it all works out. For soccer, my biggest challenge was coming back from a knee injury as a 17-year-old. But with a good support system, I managed it and now I feel better than ever.
Why did you choose to play at Goldey-Beacom?
This is a long story but I will tell you the highlights of it. I always wanted to play college soccer in America, and I was looking for a school that would fit me well. I didn’t have the chance to come visit any schools before I made my decision so I skyped with Coach Frick and he gave me a really good first impression of the college. The soccer team was doing well and I wanted to be a part of something great and to help write history with the great soccer program at the college. I also liked the location of the school, since I’m a big fan of Philadelphia and New York City. I felt like GBC was the right place for me, many thanks to Coach Frick, and I haven’t regretted it a second.