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Open Net with Heather Bowling
Bowling, a defender, appeared in all 19 games for the Lady Flames this season, starting in 18. The team captain scored her first career goal on Sept. 30 in a 1-0 win over visiting Longwood.
Bowling is a graduate of Parkwood High School, where she was selected to the all-region, all-conference and all-county squads. She also spent time playing at the elite club level with the Charlotte Eagles of the W-League, part of the United Soccer League.
Bowling is majoring in nursing at Liberty.
Getting to Know Heather Bowling
What is your favorite Bible verse and why?
Philippians 4:19. It reminds me that rejoicing is not an option, it's a command. No matter what, I should rejoice.
I know it's not good for me, but I love to eat …
Scones… that was my answer last year and I'm keeping it!
What was the best movie you watched over the last year?
The Proposal. I didn't see too many movies this past year.
I came to Liberty because …
They had a good nursing program and a soccer team that plays for Christ every game. I chose Liberty because I felt a sense of complete peace when I walked on campus.
My earliest memory while competing in my sport is …
Not knowing was position left-mid was.
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
An Indian, like Pocahantes.
The best part of being a Liberty student-athlete is …
Knowing that other athletes are trying to do both school and athletics too, and I'm not alone.
My dream job would be …
To be a nurse in America part-time and to travel for sports ministry and nursing.
The team that I'm most looking forward to competing against this year is (and why) …
Every team, because we have a statement to make. But if I had to pick one, I'd say Coastal.
What is the best book you have ever read (other than the Bible)?
Through Painted Deserts, by Donald Miller. Not the best, but I just finished it and it was really good.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Teleporting. Then I wouldn't have to waste time driving and getting lost.
The TV show I can't live without watching each week is (and why) ...
Either The Office or House. I don't watch much television.
If I were named "Coach for a Day", I would make my coaches (and why) …
Burpees and mountain climbers, 100 times each, AFTER running sprints.
My favorite thing about being a part of the Liberty women's soccer team is (and why) …
The community and family environment. Knowing that when we step on the field we are all giving everything and we are competing for each other.
If you could have dinner with three people throughout history, who would they be and why?
Michelle Akers, an incredible Christian soccer player; my sister, who is also my best friend; and Bryan Reagan, because he's hilarious.
My personal goals this season are …
A team goal is to win the conference.
What cartoon character are you most like (and why)?
The Amazon Queen. Some of my teammates have said I look like an Amazon warrior because I wear braids and big earrings and bracelets.
If someone would look at the songs on my iPod, I would be embarrassed for them to see I have this song …
"Please Don't Go Girl," by New Kids on the Block.
What is the most exciting thing you did this summer?
I went to Brazil for a month to play soccer and take part in sports ministry.
Do you have any pre-match habits/rituals, and what are they?
I braid my hair and write a Bible verse on my hand.
What is the best advice you have ever received, and who gave it to you?
"When you pray, pray as if everything relies on God. When you are done praying, get off your knees and work as if everything relies on you." –Abby Crumpton (former Liberty women's soccer assistant coach)