MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia University women’s soccer player Kara Blosser
has really been looking forward to this moment.
As the spring semester draws to a close and underclassmen prepare to head back home for the summer, few, if any, are looking ahead to the fall.
But Blosser can’t help but anticipate the start of the next school year.
After all, the start of school means the start of soccer season and the first time she will be allowed to play with her team in more than a year.
“I’ve never had to sit out before so it’s just been so different,” she explained. “Watching the girls get ready in the locker room before games has just been so hard for me. I usually come literally five minutes before our games because I can’t even stand to watch them get ready. I want to be out there with them so bad.”
As a transfer student from N.C. State, Blosser is required to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules.
“During our last game of the season against Virginia Tech this year, I couldn’t do anything. I just had to stand there because I couldn’t be out on the field and that was the hardest thing for me,” she said. “I know them so well because I played against them for two years but I couldn’t do anything. I’m just so excited to play in the fall.”
Having to sit out of games this past year doesn’t mean that Blosser hasn’t been able to learn from watching and practicing with her West Virginia teammates.
“I’ve learned a lot just from watching our own players and learning their style and how we play here at West Virginia because the system is so different from what I’m used to,” she said.
In two years of play in the ACC - arguably the best soccer conference in the country - Blosser appeared in 37 matches, starting 35. She scored seven points on three goals, including two game-winners during her sophomore season and attempted a team-best 64 shots, good enough for ninth in the conference.
During her freshman season, she totaled 20 points and scored nine goals, the most goals by a Wolfpack freshman in 20 years. For that, she earned ACC all-freshman honors. And on top of those impressive accolades she was also an all-academic selection.
Some people may wonder why Blosser chose to leave N.C. State after the stellar start she had to her collegiate career, but it’s easy to see that her motivated and ambitious personality has driven her to accept nothing less than the best.
“My experience at N.C. State was amazing because the ACC is such a tough conference and it really taught me to be more technical with the ball,” she stated. “But my ultimate goal while being a college athlete is to win championships and go and win the NCAA tournament. At N.C. State, the team was still developing and I wanted to be at a program that was already developed. I just want to win so bad and I have this passion where I want to win and I just thought we couldn’t do that there in two years.
“I wanted to go somewhere where I thought we could win.”
Her desire to win first led her to the University of Georgia, but after a brief stint with the Bulldogs, Blosser came to the realization that she wouldn’t be able to complete her degree in forensic science if she stayed there. It was a discovery she made while recovering from surgery and so she started looking around again.
Her search led her to West Virginia, where she quickly realized that she had the opportunity to join a program that has made 12 straight NCAA tournament appearances, in addition to winning back-to-back BIG EAST championships and three in the past five years.
The Mountaineers graduate six seniors, including three defenders, heading into its inaugural season of Big 12 play - two key areas that Blosser could make an immediate impact as an experienced player at both midfield and the defensive center midfield spot.
“I can be a good communicator on the field just because I’ve had the experience,” she explained. “I’ve played in the ACC and in the SEC so this will be my third conference now. I’ve been there and I know what it takes to play against all of these other teams. We’re going to be young this year because no matter what we’re going to have some freshman playing, so we just need to be ready and prepared and confident.”
West Virginia knows that it’s going into a new conference with a target on its backs because it is the defending BIG EAST champions. But that, if anything, just makes the team more motivated to go after a Big 12 title.
“To win the BIG EAST and then leave the BIG EAST and then go into the Big 12 and win the Big 12 in our first season would be such an amazing accomplishment,” Blosser ended.
That would be an accomplishment that Mountaineer that soccer fans would certainly enjoy.