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Sept. 26, 2003

By Brandon Holtz, South Carolina Sports Information

Amanda Thurber is a sophomore from Fayetteville, Ga. The forward and midfielder is considered the playmaker of the team and has contributed one goal and two assists this season.

What influenced you to come to South Carolina?

The coaches and the team. I knew I was going to be around them 24/7 so I had to get along with them and that is why I decided to come here.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make from high school to college last season as a freshman?

The time and dedication.

You won three high school state championships, what does it take to win it all?

Heart, determination and focus.

What is it like to play for Coach Shelley and Jamie Smith?

Unbelievable, both of them working together is amazing. One of the reasons I came here is because we were the underdogs and they came in and turned the team around. I knew that is what they were going to do and I wanted to be a part of it.

If you could do any kind of celebration after you score a goal what would it be?

I already have it planned. Jackie (Welch) is going to get on all fours and I’m going to do the original skater jump over her.

For those of us who don’t know, what is it like to score a goal?

I can’t even explain it. Especially if it’s a momentum goal or a game-winner, it’s crazy.

Why do you wear number 16?

I wore it in high school, it’s just my number.

Your favorite food is Mexican, what is the best spot in Columbia to eat a Mexican dish?


Your major is Exercise Science, what would you like to do upon graduation?

Probably a pediatric physical therapist or a doctor. I want to work with little kids.

Who is your favorite professional soccer player?

Shannon MacMillan. She always comes off the bench and does something, makes an impact on the field.

What do you have to say to an aspiring soccer player?

Practice, practice, practice, get out on your yard that is what I did.