Jenny Roehrig Feature
Nov. 6, 2007
A transplant from Coram, Long Island, NY, senior midfielder Jenny Roehrig has adjusted well to life in Massachusetts.
One of the first things she noticed when she got to UMass was the number of people that liked country music. She was surprised that so many people like it and has grown to like it a little.
"I kind of like Rascal Flatts. I mean that's the only band I listen to. When I came home from break all my friends were like, what is this? What are you listening to? It's not really big here on Long Island," Roehrig said.
She also talked about the regional difference between UMass and New York. One of the things that she noticed was everybody's perception of the "New York attitude". She felt that it was hard to explain the "attitude" being that she is from the area but she said that UMass has rubbed off on her.
"My accent has actually gotten better since I've been living in Massachusetts for the past four years. So it's not as strong as it was when I was a freshman."
One of Roehrig's favorite things to do is spend time on the beach. Her hometown is right on the Long Island Sound and is surrounded by water. She said that she can go on a 10 or 15 minute drive and she will be at the beach. She's also only 40 minutes from New York City, a place she loves visiting.
Roehrig has been involved in all kinds of sports since she was four-years-old. She started with soccer and has also played softball, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and took karate, which she excelled at. In an interview, she mentioned that she was a red belt with two stripes. This means that she was one level away from the highest distinction in karate, achieving a black belt. She gave that up to continue playing soccer.
Being around sports and playing sports for most of her life has made her into a model player for the Massachusetts women's soccer team. Coaches and players laud her leadership and UMass coach Jim Rudy calls her a coach's player.
"(She) is never going to be late, there's never going to be excuses. It's going to be `consider it done' or' you got it' and very little maintenance. That would be a coach's player," Rudy said in an interview.
"She's a very confident and composed midfielder and she has a lot of experience," Patry said.
Walker echoed those sentiments. She said what stands out to her the most is Roehrig's ability to come into the game and really settle the field and calm the game.
Her success on the field is due in large part to her parents. When she started playing, her father was her first coach. As she grew and kept playing, her father kept coaching her. She started playing for travel and club teams in other towns her parents were supportive of her. She said that both of her parents are there are at all of her games. Even now at UMass, her parents make the trip to see her play.
"It's good because I like looking into the stands and seeing them there," Roehrig said in a phone interview.
Being surrounded by sports and the support of her parents has made Jenny Roehrig a leader by example and a cornerstone to the success of the women's soccer team.