Featured Athlete: Megan Pyrz

By Brandon Smith

Megan Pyrz, a sophomore at DePaul University, started playing goalkeeper for the women’s soccer team as a freshman. She was recently named Big East Goalkeeper of the Week, based on the outstanding season she has recorded so far. In six games, she has allowed only three goals and has made 27 saves, the second most in the Big East conference. The Chronicle met with the Minnesota native before she went home for the Minnesota Gold Classic Tournament. The team has an overall record of 4-1-1.

The Chronicle: What has this season been like for you?

Megan Pyrz: Well, I started only the last half of the season last year, but I started right away this year. We’ve played six games, and I’ve only let a few goals by me. I was named Goalkeeper of the Week this past weekend. We’ve won more games this season than we did all of last year, so it’s been pretty good.

What personal goals do you have for this season?

MP: I just want to go out there and know that I gave my best every single game and leave [everything] on the field. I want to have a good season, obviously, and let as few goals by me as possible.

How about expectations for your team?

MP: I can already tell we’re really coming together this year, and everything is really clicking into place. We are definitely going to have a better season than last. I think our whole team can just tell that this is going to be a good year. We all feel really confident.

What challenges have you confronted this year?

MP: Every year is a new challenge. The team dynamics always change because players come and go so it’s always a challenge getting to know everyone and create team chemistry. This year hasn’t been too challenging

though. We all get along really well.