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Field Hockey Focus with Zosia Roberts

October 28, 2016  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Field Hockey Focus with Zosia Roberts

With the Liberty field hockey team getting ready for its final BIG EAST regular season match against Temple today, spotlights Zosia Roberts in its field hockey focus series.

Roberts is a freshman forward from Landenberg, Pa. She is the older sister of midfielder Annika Roberts and is majoring in exercise science.

Tell us your recruiting story and how you came to Liberty.
Roberts: I reached out to coach [Jodi Murphy] while I was attending Palm Beach Atlantic University. Having played field hockey in high school and then taking a year off while at PBA, I knew it was a longshot to actually play at Liberty. I was hoping coach would give me an opportunity to try out as a walk-on in the fall, so I attended camp over the summer and kept in touch with coach throughout the fall semester. Toward the end of the 2015 season, coach offered me the unbelievable opportunity to join the team beginning in the spring. I would really have to say that God opened up the door to allow me to play on this team. On my own, I couldn't have made it.

What has been your favorite class so far, and why?
Roberts: I loved zoology with Dr. Sattler. I met some really great friends, and lab was really fun.  I also love anatomy, which I'm currently taking. I love learning about the intricacies of the human body. It really displays the majesty of God and how much He loves us. I've also enjoyed New Testament with Dr. Love. Liberty provides its students with such amazing faculty to teach us at the highest level possible.

What has been the biggest difference between college field hockey and high school field hockey?
Roberts: The pace of the game has really picked up since high school. It has become so much more fast-paced because of the level of skill and because we play on AstroTurf. But the biggest difference is that Christ is at the center of everything this team does. From the way we play, to the way we treat each other, we strive to honor God, and there isn't a program out there like ours because of it.

What do your parents do for work? Do you have siblings? If so, how old are they and where are they in school?
Roberts: My parents are both chiropractors. My sister [Annika] is 18, and she is a freshman at Liberty. She is also on the team with me! My little brother is 16, and he is a sophomore in high school.

What has been your impression of competing in the BIG EAST Conference in your first year, as well as against several of the top schools in the nation?
Roberts: Tough competition. But we have definitely risen to the occasion. Playing top teams like Syracuse, UVA and UCONN has been a great opportunity for us. We get better with every game.

I think these games have been most important in that more people are hearing about Liberty.  Maybe someone sees that we took SU into overtime and they ask themselves, "Who's that team that almost upset Syracuse?" Then they start to inquire about Liberty like, "Where's that?" And eventually they find out we're a Christian school. It's a great way to start a conversation about Christianity. The farther we advance in the BIG EAST, the more opportunities we get to share the gospel.

Is your hometown of Landenberg, Pa., known for anything in particular?                      
Roberts: I live on the border between Delaware and Pennsylvania. Delaware is tax-free, and that's great for shopping! I also live really close to some beautiful state parks, which I love to run through or hike with my friends and family. 

What is your favorite place on Liberty's campus or surrounding area and why?
Roberts: I should say the field hockey facilities, but secondly, I love the view from LUCOM (Liberty's College of Osteopathic Medicine). The building sits on top of a mountain that looks over the whole campus and parts of Lynchburg. It's the best place to watch the sunset.