Somers rising senior Ciara Ostrander is a forward on the varsity girls soccer team.
How old were you when you first started playing soccer and how did you get started?
I was 3 years old when I first started playing. I began playing on the AYSO teams and then later on the FC Somers Cyclones until I was about 11.
What are the team goals for this upcoming season?
Obviously the main goal is to go as far as possible during playoffs, but the team needs to focus mainly on becoming a family and concentrate on one game at a time.
What personal goals do you want to accomplish in the upcoming season?
Personally, I would like to have more points than I’ve had in the past years and I would also like to create more bonds with some of the younger girls on the team. Since I’m going to be a senior, I want to lead by example.
How do you look to lead the team next season?
I want to demonstrate passion for the game and hard work. The younger girls haven’t had as much experience as some of the upperclassmen so it is our job to show them how important this team really is.
What do you most look forward to about next year’s team?
I look forward to seeing all of the girls and (Somers coach Paul) Saia every day. It’s so nice to be on a team that feels like home rather than on a club team where no one really gets along.
What has it been like being a part of a program that has seen so much success the last few years?
It’s been awesome to have been given the opportunity to play on this team all four years of my high school career. It’s life changing, and has not only made me a better player but a better person as well.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
My favorite team activity would have to be the team dinners. I always know I’m going to eat well the night before a game.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My parents have really helped me grow into the person I am today. Game after game my parents are always there supporting me and pushing me to become better and stronger. Although sometimes I get frustrated constantly hearing my father from the sidelines, I’m forever thankful for how much they’ve supported me. I also must give credit to Bob Heyde. Without him teaching me everything I know especially how to kick a ball with my laces, I wouldn’t have been where I am today.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
I was born in a hot tub and I’m ambidextrous.
Do you plan on continuing to play soccer in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I verbally committed to play soccer at Yale University in December of my sophomore year. I chose Yale mainly because of the academics and location. I don’t want to leave Somers behind just yet!
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
I’m not exactly sure, I still have time to figure it out but something to do with pre-med or law.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete has to be Lionel Messi and I love Barcelona. I have a huge poster of him on my wall and whenever I play FIFA he always makes me win.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Honestly the music I listen to before games changes all of the time, as of right now I’m really feeling Creed. A bunch of the songs they sing really get me pumped up. I also love country music.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
It would have to be immortality — I want to live forever.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
Oh, by far Bora Bora. Once I watched that episode of the Kardashians I knew that was a place I must visit.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
Tough question but after a game I’m always feeling a nice home cooked meal that consists of some steak and mashed potatoes (my mom is a great cook by the way).
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
I’d have to say nowhere. The surrounding towns like Yorktown and Mahopac really make up for it. I go to Kobu all of the time.
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram because you can see what everyone has been up to. Facebook is for old people.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?
Being a part of the Somers soccer program has been the best experience of high school for me. Winning a state championship is something that can never be taken away from the 2014 team. And it was an honor to be able to represent the town. All of the bonds and memories you create will last a lifetime.