MEDFORD- The Tufts women's soccer team is off to an excellent start in the 2017 season posting a 5-2-3 overall record, and head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos are currently 4-1-2 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. They are ranked eighth in the most recent United Soccer Coaches New England Division III poll.
A group of five seniors, who were honored at this past Saturday's (Oct. 7) Seniors Day festivities, have led the team this fall. Senior Chandler Quintin has started every game in the 2017 campaign and has played a large role in the Jumbos' early success this season. She has locked down the middle of the field with a strong defensive presence and can quickly shift to an aggressive attack when the time is right.
From Raynham, Massachusetts, Quintin is an Economics major who has played in 56 of 57 games during her Tufts career overall. Last season she had a remarkable four-point game with a goal and two assists in the team's 5-2 victory against Bates. Overall as a junior, Quintin tallied six points on two goals and two assists, and in her sophomore campaign she started in 10 games and made two assists.
Chandler recently took time to help us get to know her and the women's soccer team a little better:
Q: What was the team's mindset going into this season?
A: We want to continue doing what TUWS has always been about: playing good, gritty soccer as a united team. We've always been a good team in the NESCAC, and every year we prove it to everyone else a little bit more. This year we want even better results. The pieces are all there. We're just focusing on improving every part of our game that much more to get those results.
Q: What has been the most memorable moment in your four years here on the soccer team?
A: The win against Amherst this year (September 30) was actually one of my most memorable moments. The game was tied 0-0 for most of the game until Amherst scored with 10 minutes left. We scored five minutes later to put the game into OT and then scored again two minutes into it to win the game. Everyone on the team contributed to the win, and we played really well. Two years ago, we also had a memorable win at Amherst, so to perform well against a great team on their home field again was really fun.
Q: What are you most passionate about?
A: TV. Movies. Love 'em. You'll make my day if you ask for a recommendation or what else that actor's in.
Q: Who has been your role model and why?
A: My parents. They are the most loving and generous people I know. They've worked so hard to give me so many great opportunities, and they teach me every day by example how to be a thoughtful, compassionate Christian.
Q: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A: My dad's Portuguese chourico and kale soup.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Spending time with friends, watching TV and movies, going to other Tufts sports games, reading by my lake.
Q: What has been your favorite class so far?
A: Writing the Short film. I've never thought of myself as a creative person, and writing a script is quite possibly the only creative thing I am capable of doing. So it was fun to explore my creative side for once, and screenwriting has been something I've wanted to learn for a while.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: I like to read this one by Mia Hamm before every game: "Somewhere behind the athlete you've become and the hours of practice and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back ... play for her."
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
A: No concrete ones at the moment, but I'd like to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern
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