Sept. 26, 2011
In the latest edition of the season-long Q & A feature with the Rice soccer team, the Just For Kicks home office is introducing a special new innovation. Welcome to the first-ever "Gab-Week," where Owls Gaby Garton and Gabi Iribarne field the tough Kicks questions.
Iribarne, a freshman midfielder, scored her first career goal last week in the Owls' Conference USA victory over UAB. So far the California native has played 212 minutes for the Blue & Gray in her debut season at the Division I level.
Full name: Gabriela Renee Iribarne
Nicknames from my teammates: "Gabi"
My College: Will Rice
Favorite soccer players: Messi, Xavi
Favorite movies: The Shawshank Redemption; and Harry Potter
Favorite web site: Stumbleupon.com
Favorite music artist: John Mayer
Favorite snack: frozen grapes
Favorite meal at the Rice servery: pasta
I chose to attend Rice because: Awesome balance between academics and athletics
What I like most about college life at Rice: Being on my own!
My pet peeve: songs on ITunes that don't have names, just track numbers
One athlete (non soccer player) I would like to meet: Rafael Nadal
One person (non athlete) I would like to meet: J.K. Rowling
Favorite moment of my soccer career so far: being given the opportunity to play here at Rice!
I've probably been through this many pair of soccer shoes: 13
Who got me interested in soccer: My mom and dad
The best soccer advice I ever had: "Always play like it's your last game."
Favorite sports besides soccer: basketball and volleyball
The Rice team I like to watch play their sport: volleyball
The most embarrassing moment or thing that ever happened to me was: At the beginning of a soccer game the referee blew the whistle, and when I tried to touch the ball forward, I completely ate it in front of everyone.
Favorite Coach Nicky expression: "I LOVE SOCCER"
The Rice Owl to keep an eye on this season: The whole team. We are amazing, and going to do awesome this year.
The Rice soccer player with the best non-soccer talent: Annie's dancing abilities
One thing I'd like to say, but you didn't ask: I love my team!!!