Thursday's Conversation With San Diego State's Kelsey Booth
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Welcome to Thursday’s Conversation. Each week, one Mountain West student-athlete will be featured by answering a series of questions.
Joining the conversation this week is San Diego State’s Kelsey Booth. Booth is a senior midfielder/forward on the Aztecs’ women’s soccer team, which just clinched their third straight Mountain West regular-season championship. A three-year starter, Booth leads the MW in assists with seven, is second in the Conference in total points with 21 (1.17 per game) and tied for fourth in goals scored at seven.
San Diego State plays host to the 2014 MW Women’s Soccer Championship, which gets underway Tuesday, Nov. 4. The Aztecs earned a first-round bye and will play in the second semifinal match on Thursday, Nov. 6. Fans can watch the entire 2014 MW Women’s Soccer Championship live and for free on the Mountain West Network, in addition to following along with live stats on TheMW.com.
Before getting to the tournament, though, San Diego State concludes its regular season with a match on Friday against New Mexico at the San Diego State Sports Deck. First tap is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT and the match will be broadcast on the MWN.
Question: San Diego State clinched its third straight Mountain West regular-season championship on Sunday with a 1-0 double-overtime win at Colorado State. Being a senior, did this championship have a different feel to it?
Answer: It did. It’s really interesting to be a part of all three championship teams. They all mean a lot but winning one your senior year is really special because you know this is your last year you’ll be a member of the team, so it’s great that the senior class is going out on top with another championship.
Q: With the recent run of success the team has had (three consecutive regular-season titles and two straight MW tournament championships), does that put additional pressure on the team?
A: In the past we’ve been big on goal-setting and this year we stepped away from that and listened to our coaches who said to focus on one match at a time. We stuck true to our process and because of that we were able to win again. I think not openly stating our goals but having them in the back of our mind united us a team and made us work harder to achieve them.
Q: Having wrapped up the regular-season championship and earning the top seed in the 2014 MW Women’s Soccer Championship, does knowing all of that change your mindset going into the regular-season finale?
A: Our mindset doesn’t change. Winning the championship before the season is over was nice, but we still want to go out and play our best against New Mexico and prove why we are the number-one seed.
Q: How excited is the team to be hosting the 2014 MW Women’s Soccer Championship?
A: We’re really looking forward to it. It’ll be nice to sleep in our own beds this year.
Q: When you’re finished with school (Booth is a health communications major with a minor in marketing and should graduate in December 2015), do you know what you’d like to pursue career-wise?
A: I want to pursue marketing, and more specifically, sports marketing. I’ll be interning with the SDSU sports marketing team in the spring, and my dream job would be to work for Nike.
Q: If you had to pick one hobby that’s your favorite, what would it be?
A: I really enjoy painting. When I paint, I just try to relax and not put any extra stress on my body; it’s my getaway. I use acrylic paints but want to take an oil-painting class and learn how to do that. I’m really into psychedelic art from the sixties, but I’ll paint anything.
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