CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Each Tuesday through the women’s soccer season, Charlotte49ers.com will feature alumnae of the program in celebration of the program’s 20th campaign in 2013. Former players were selected at random for the Q&A and the plan was to include all eras of the program, dating back to its inception in 1994.
This week’s edition features Kelsie Ormsby (2003-06). Ormsby, a Raleigh, N.C., native, played two seasons for Neil Roberts before concluding her career with two years under Jon Lipsitz. She started 68 of the 75 games in which she played throughout her tenure with the Niners, scoring 12 goals and adding four assists for 28 points. Three of her goals were game winners. She also added 51 shots during her career. Additionally, she was an Academic All-American in 2006 and earned a pair of All-Atlantic 10 Second Team accolades in 2005 and 2006.
1. What factors led to your decision to attend Charlotte?
My sophomore year of high school I spent a month over the summer at UNC Charlotte for an academic camp (it’s okay, I am totally at one with my ‘dorkiness’) and fell in love with the university and the campus. When I came for my official visit my junior year of high school I really liked the chemistry and culture of the team and knew that playing here would not be easy and I’d have to prove myself every day. I wanted to be pushed to my limits and knew this program would be the perfect fit.
2. How did you see yourself grow as a soccer player and as a person during your collegiate career?
Physically I had never had to push myself so hard. My freshman year was a wake-up call and during my first collegiate preseason I had to run the ‘Cooper Test’ five times (every Tuesday morning at 6 a.m.) before passing it.
As a person, I always prided myself in leading by example, but never really saw myself as a ‘leader’. After making me a captain my senior year, Jon Lipsitz gave me the opportunity to prove to myself I could be a leader and further develop these skills. I believe that I am the person I am today, and owe a lot of what I have accomplished up until now, to the 4 years I spent at UNC Charlotte, not only for the education, but by playing soccer with an amazing group of girls.
3. What are some of your fondest memories of playing soccer with the 49ers?
I would have to say my favorite game was my senior year against Richmond. It was senior day, last home game, the A-10 regular season title on the line, game went into overtime and Nikki Labuda (now Czaplicki), scored the game-winning golden goal and the entire team rushed the field and made a dog pile in the middle of the field…one of my favorite memories ever.
In general, I loved the bus rides to away games, especially the dance parties we’d have on the charter bus (which was more fun to watch than partake in), the practices, getting through ‘fitness Tuesdays’ together, and most of all I miss the Friday night games under the lights and leaving every ounce of energy I had out on the field (nothing compares).
4. How often do you play soccer these days?
I played on the UNC Chapel Hill club team for three years while I attended graduate school there, and tore my ACL two years ago playing in a game. I haven’t touched a soccer ball since, but I’m planning on making an appearance at the alumni game this October, so perhaps I should get outside and kick a ball around for a bit. In the meantime, I’ve decided to take up whitewater kayaking instead and take my chances running waterfalls instead of slide-tackling.
5. Where are you currently living (city, state)?
I actually just moved back to the University area with my fiancé, Andrew Dolian, who by the way should have won an award for being the best heckler of all time at the women’s soccer games (the parents would agree).
6. What is your current occupation?
I am a clinical pharmacist at CMC Northeast Hospital in Concord, N.C.
7. Do you have any family (husband/kids/pets)?
I am engaged with a wedding date set for April 5, 2014, and a dog named Oscar, who is by far the coolest dog in the world.
8. What advice would you offer to a current 49ers women’s soccer player?
It goes by fast, so love every minute of it.
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