Getting to Know Freshman Women's Soccer Forward Katie Chandler

By Chris Mitchell
Sports Information Director

Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer freshman Katie Chandler received University Athletic Association (UAA) Offensive Athlete of the Week after scoring three goals and adding a pair of assists in two victories for Washington U. in Memphis, Tenn.

Chandler had two goals and an assist in a 7-0 win at Rhodes College Aug. 30, and followed that up with a goal and an assist in a 5-0 win against Mississippi College Aug. 31.

A Fall City, Wash., native, Chandler is one of seven freshmen on the 2013 roster. Bearsports.wustl.edu caught up with the young playmaker before the fourth-ranked Bears' home opener Saturday, Sept. 7, vs. DePauw University.

What made you decide to come to Washington University?
I decided to attend WashU because it is a school where I can challenge myself both academically and athletically. While I was looking at colleges, I narrowed down my options based on identifying colleges that offered rigorous courses, academic flexibility, and strong athletics. WashU excels in all of these categories.

I wanted to join the women's soccer program immediately after I met with Coach and learned about the philosophy and goals of the program. Specifically, Coach Conlon has created an incredibly strong women's soccer program; one that is committed to each other and committed to success. I fell in love with WashU and the soccer program immediately following my first visit. The campus is absolutely gorgeous. And the food is terrific.

How did it feel to score two goals in your first game at Washington U.?
It was really exciting! The team has been working so hard the past three weeks and it was great to finally compete and see what we have been training for translate in the game. I was super excited to have the opportunity to play in the game and sub in. We have such a talented group of players and I can't wait to see what we can do as a team!

And how excited were you to learn you were named UAA Athlete of the Week?
I was mostly surprised, but very excited!

When you're not playing soccer what are you doing?
Playing the guitar, painting, decorating things, hanging out with friends, and studying.

What's your favorite movie?
I don't have an all-time favorite movie, but I really like The Breakfast Club and She's the Man.

What's usually playing on your iPod?
Mat Kearney, Mumford & Sons, and Jack Johnson.

What are your aspirations following graduation from Washington U.?
Hopefully sometime after I graduate I will be able find a career path that will bring together my studies and interests, but to be completely honest, I am very undecided on what I want to study at WashU throughout the next four years. Somehow, I would love to bring together my passions in psychology, the arts and sports. I also love to travel, so after I graduate I plan on traveling and continuing to study while abroad, or continuing my education at graduate school.