Chai Cortez Shares Her Thoughts on Attending the University of Oregon, and Playing With the US Women's National Team.
- Chai you have committed to attend the University of Oregon in the Fall of 2018 on an athletic scholarship. You had many division 1 scholarship offers, what made you decide on UO?
The moment I stepped on Oregon's campus I knew that this was the place I would want to be. Oregon felt home to me, and it felt like I belonged there. The coaching staff is amazing; really friendly and they treated everyone like family! Being far from home, it will help a lot in the transition. From the schools I've visited, nothing has come close to UO.
- Chai, you are also a member of the US Youth Women's National Team. How has this experience been for you?
This experience has been amazing. I got to compete at the highest level of soccer with the best girls in the United States. It has been challenging though; the girls are much more stronger, faster, and smarter up there. It was definitely an eye opener for me. It's a lot of hard work, determination, and being able to persevere through challenges.
- How has Maui United's training methods help prepare you for the US National Team and playing soccer at the division 1 university level?
Maui United has really prepared me for the national team training camps and getting me ready for college. They expect nothing but your full effort every day on field. Coach Brent and the Maui United staff has continued to challenge me both on and off the field. Coach Brent's detailed sessions keep me on top of my game and continually motivates me to strive to improve technically and tactically.
- As a top female soccer player coming out of Hawaii, what message can you share with the other young ladies aspiring to play at the collegiate level?
Always work hard, give 110% on and off the field... being able to accept defeat as well as being prideful in your victories. Always remain humble and never let someone stop you from dreaming big.