DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's soccer team returns to the pitch on Thursday, September 27 against Clemson. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior goalkeeper Tara Campbell to learn more about the Cincinnati, Ohio native.
GoDuke.com: What has been your proudest moment at Duke?
Tara Campbell: I think the obvious answer would be going to the national championship last year. I actually got more excitement out of our second round game against Florida when we were sophomores. We won in PKs and I made a save, it was really exciting.
GoDuke.com: What is the most misunderstood aspect about soccer?
TC: I think people aren't interested in soccer because there aren't a lot of goals, but once you get to understand the game there is much more to watch than just the goal scoring.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite part of being a Duke student-athlete?
TC: I really like the camaraderie amongst the student-athletes; we all know each other, see each other and go to each other's games. I feel like that is something that is really strong here at Duke, the inner play between different teams and different sports.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
TC: I took an African and African American Studies class with Maddy Haller called the South: Black and White with Timothy Tyson last semester. It was really interesting the format of the class was cool; we started the class with 10 minutes of singing. People in the community, not just students, came to watch the lectures. It was an interesting format and interesting information.
GoDuke.com: What has been your most challenging class at Duke?
TC: I took Physics I and II here. Physics II is probably the hardest class I have taken at Duke. I was lost the entire semester, but luckily I had a great tutor.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about a time when you first started playing soccer.
TC: The earliest memories I can actually remember playing soccer, I was on a rec team called the Wildcats. When we got to the indoor season the boys and girls team combined, so I actually got to play on my brother's team, who is a year and a half older than me.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
TC: My parents. I am very close with my parents and my whole family in general. I live right next door to my aunt, uncle and cousins. I would say my close family. When we start the season they move here basically and live in the apartment for the three months the season is going. They just helped shaped who I am the most.
GoDuke.com: What is your favorite midnight snack?
TC: Ice cream. It is a very guilty pleasure of mine.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents?
TC: I haven't tried recently, but I used to be able to walk on my hands.
GoDuke.com: Mountains or beach?
TC: Beach, only because I have never done the mountain thing. I have never been skiing. So we will go with the warm weather and the sun.