Cougar of the Week: Anjelica Gonzalez

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Photo by Erin McKeon

Photo by Erin McKeon

Anjelica Gonzalez (’18) is on the Clark softball and field hockey teams. She hails from Merrimack N.H., and studies economics.

Scarlet: How has softball been going so far?

Anjelica: Very good, we are a new team this year with over half of us as incoming freshman. We have been having fun, and we are hoping to be competitive in NEWMACs this season.

Scarlet: What do you think is the greatest obstacle the team has to face this year?

Anjelica: I would say putting last year behind us and acknowledging that we are a new team that is a force to be reckoned with this year. And that we really have to get in the mindset we can be

winners, and we are winners. It’s all about the mental aspect of the game this year.

Scarlet: Is there any position on the field you wish you could play?

Anjelica: [laughs] God, I don’t know. Obviously I would love to pitch because I always fool around in practice, but in real life I would not be able to handle the stress.

Scarlet: What made you start playing softball? Was there anyone in particular that got you playing?

Anjelica: Honestly softball was just one of those things that I grew up with. I don’t remember a time I wasn’t playing. I would be in the backyard playing catch with my brother and dad. It’s just something that I’ve always done, and love doing.

Scarlet: Do you have any cool hobbies or hidden talents?

Anjelica: I don’t know if it’s much of hidden talent, I like to play the piano and sing. I sang in chorus and played piano, I was in the all-state chorus.

Scarlet: The field that the team plays on is not close to campus, and not many people know where it is. How do you feel about this?

Anjelica: I really do feel that it puts Clark Softball at a disadvantage from other teams. If you feel like walking down and watching a lacrosse game it’s right there. If you want to go to a softball game, it’s not something that can be spur-of-the-moment, and Escort doesn’t always take you there. Being away from campus affects our fan turnout. We feel separated from the Clark athletic community.

Scarlet: Do you have any crazy pre-game rituals?

Anjelica: Not so much a ritual, but I’m always singing; in the dugout, on the field, in the locker room. It is just something that calms me down and reminds me that this is just for fun.

Scarlet: Which team will be the hardest to play against this year?

Anjelica: I am really excited for our WPI game because last year they were our first matchup in the Northeast after we weren’t able to play after a month, and we really let them have it. I think that the team can hold their own against them. It is going to be a tough game, but I think we have the right skills to take them on.

Scarlet: What is your favorite memory about the Clark Softball team?

Anjelica: No doubt our trip to Florida. It brings us all together, especially this year, we were very successful. We split five and five. There wasn’t a time where we weren’t crying or laughing. It brought us all really close together.

 

Thanks for the interview, Anjelica!