Q&A with McKenna Tollack

McKenna Tollack

Article written by: Michelle Human

Oct. 16, 2012

McKenna Tollack

Position: Goalkeeper

Class: Freshman

Major: Undecided, intends to study Business/ Marketing

WCC record:3-0-0, 14 saves in 3.5 games played

 Q: How long have you been playing soccer, and why did you start to become involved in the sport?

A: Ten years competitively, I started playing club when I was seven, but 13 years if you include recreational soccer too. I played a lot of other sports too like softball, but I think my parents could just tell I was a very competitive kid, was always active, and liked winning games so they got me involved with soccer.

Q: What inspires you to return to the field year after year?

A: I’m a goalie, and when you are little there is not a goalie in soccer you just use the cones, but when I started playing club I was the only one that was not scared of the ball so they put me in goal, and I was good at it so I stayed there.  

Q: You mentioned you played softball when you were younger too, would you trade soccer for any other sport?

A: No. Since so much of my life has revolved around soccer that’s like asking if I would trade the way my life has gone so far. I love all the people I’ve met and the experiences I’ve had. I could not imagine myself playing another sport as competitively for as long as I have, I would never change anything.

Q: After being recruited to Oregon and UCSB for soccer as well, why did you choose to come to USD?

A: The coaching staff really did it for me. When I went to visit other schools the coaches did not have my best interest in mind, but here I know my coaches care about us and do what is best for me and the team together. USD is also a very respected school academically and I could see myself here. Plus I’m close enough for my parents to come watch all my games and I like the single bathrooms in my dorm!



Q: What do you feel is the strongest characteristic of your team that has assisted you in your four game winning streak?

A: Our team’s chemistry. The coaching staff and players are trying to create this team culture that brings us together and we all just work well together. Some teams have an all-star player, but I feel like we don’t just have one girl that everyone depends on, we work together.

Q: What does your daily diet usually consist of, and how important do you think maintaining healthy eating habits is in relationship to your success on the field?

A: For breakfast I make myself an oatmeal, and before practice I have a sandwich from Tú Mercado . Then I can’t really have lunch because I have class right after practice so I usually have a Builder’s Bar and then I eat dinner in the Student Life Pavillion. Your diet definitely affects your ability to play. I always eat a lot though so I don’t have to worry about fueling my body.

Q: What should other teams within Western Coast Conference brackets have to fear when going up against the Toreros?

A: Teams underestimated us at the beginning of the season, but they should watch out for our team’s fight because we are a family and when we fight we fight together.

Q: What’s your personal goal for the season?

A: I want to say all shutouts for conference games, but that’s kind of hard so I’d say to be the best I can be for my team. As a freshman it’s kind of nerve-racking coming out, but my goal is to be the best goal keeper on the field every game.

Q: What’s the biggest hardship you and your teammates will have to overcome in order to continue this winning streak?

A: If we had to work on something more it would be keeping a constant level of defensive pressure for the full 90 minutes of the game.

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?

A: That I’m 17 years old. Most people think I’m a lot older.

Q: Whether you continue to excel in this sport and play for the Women’s National Team, or you become a businesswoman—what is something soccer has taught you that you will carry with you for the rest of your life?

A: Soccer has definitely taught me to take the good with the bad. You have to take one day at a time and never let a bad day make you feel like you’re in a bad life.