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Open Net with Maria Owen
Owen, a forward, started all 19 games for the Lady Flames this season. She scored six goals and recorded four assists for 16 points, leading the team. Owen was a 2009 Big South first-team all-conference selection.
Owen, who was homeschooled, was the leading scorer for the U-19 Soccer Organization of Charlotte Albemarle Storm during the 2007-08 season.
Getting to Know Maria Owen
What is your favorite Bible verse?
What has been your favorite class at Liberty and why?
Running class with Dr. Horton was amazing! It changed my life.
I know it's not good for me, but I love to eat …
What was the best movie you watched over the last year?
I'm really into foreign films, and I watched this Iranian film "Color of Paradise" that was unbelievable.
I came to Liberty because …
The combination of a Christian atmosphere and Division I sports.
Share something about one of your teammates that someone outside the program would never know without you telling them.
Abby Austin and Kristi McBrien are addicted to tea. But I think a lot of people know that.
My earliest memory while competing in my sport is …
Dribbling around my yard in circles, trying to avoid obstacles like trees and sporting equipment.
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
I can't imagine being anyone but myself.
The best part of being a Liberty student-athlete is …
Getting to represent such an amazing and appreciative student body.
My dream job would be …
Working as a lawyer in some sort of aspect of Constitutional reform.
The team that I'm most looking forward to competing against this year is (and why) …
James Madison. It's about 20 minutes from my hometown.
What is the best book you have ever read (other than the Bible)?
The Brothers Karamazov, by Dostoevsky
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I guess super-speed (so I could beat Elia Lake on sprints)!
The TV show I can't live without watching each week is (and why) ...
Hahaha . . . 30 Rock
If I were named "Coach for a Day", I would make my coaches (and why) …
Run 300's and 120's (sprints). And then give them a stack of papers to sign and fill out.
My favorite thing about being a part of the Liberty women's soccer team is (and why) …
Road trips – having a great time with awesome teammates.
If you could have dinner with three people throughout history, who would they be and why?
Ghandi, Dostoevsky and Aquinas. I'd be interested in synthesis of their philosophies on social justice.
My personal goals this season are …
Create a lot of assists for my teammates.
What cartoon character are you most like?
If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song …
The first thing people notice about me when they meet me is …
I'm a daredevil.
What is the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I went sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, got caught in a storm and capsized. Then I swam to shore.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My grandparents' lake bungalow in the Berkshires (Western Massachusetts).
Do you have any pre-match habits/rituals, and what are they?
I often listen to a Matisyahu song, "Indestructible".
What is the best advice you have ever received, and who gave it to you?
My dad has always told me that we are holistic beings, and that in order to be successful in any meaningful way, or in any one discipline, it's necessary to give all our effort to each aspect of our lives. In other words: I can't really be the best soccer player I can be unless I am conscientious about my walk with God. Or I can't be the very best student I am capable of being unless I give everything on the field, and in the gym, as an athlete and vice-versa. Maybe I've made that seem complicated, but it really is a simple concept that has stuck with me.