Leialoha Medeiros and Taylor Rusnak on Playing for The University of Hawaii Wahine
- Congratulations Leialoha on achieving an athletic scholarship to play at the University of Hawaii in the fall of 2017. How excited are you for this opportunity to play for UH Wahine, off one of their most successful seasons yet?
I'm very excited to be joining UH Manoa this coming year. I can't wait to represent the state of Hawaii and play against some of the best players in the country.
- How has playing with Maui United Soccer Club (MUSC) prepared you for the challenges ahead?
Playing and training with Maui United has made me more prepared technically, tactically, and psychologically. Work ethic is something that MUSC teaches very well. Training sessions at MUSC are challenging and very fast paced. Coach Brent demands work ethic, and concentration everyday at practice, and having a coach with that type of mentality has helped me tremendously.
As a collegiate athlete, playing and representing the state of Hawaii, you will have a lot of young female players looking up to you. What message can you share with these players to help them achieve their goals?
All young players should understand that If you are truly passionate about playing soccer, you must set your priorities, and focus on your goal. Be willing to work as hard as you can, and be an individual who does the extra work. Also, and most importantly study hard and take your academics seriously.
- Taylor prior to moving to Maui, you grew up playing soccer in the state of Texas for some top recognized clubs. How has your transition into Maui United Soccer Club been, and what do you like the most about MUSC?
Moving from my club team in Texas to Maui United has been quite a change. I definitely feel that at Maui United I am able to get more feed back from the coaches, and learn more on how to control the game through team possession. At Maui United I have also been able to learn more about the tactical part of the game allowing me to grow as a player, which is one of the things I love the most about this amazing club.
How is Maui United Soccer Club Preparing You For Soccer at The Next Level?
Maui United is preparing me for next fall at UH Manoa by teaching me not only the skills I need for soccer, but also the hard work and dedication that is needed to be an all around athlete and teammate. Each session is very detailed, and challenges us players to always evolve tactically.