Interview with Tianna Sidtikun

TIANNA SIDTIKUN COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1 Midfielder

TIANNA SIDTIKUN COMMITS TO UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

FC Elk Grove 02G Platinum 1 Midfielder

Tianna Sidtikun has verbally committed her college future to the University of Arizona. She was spotted playing last summer at Surf Cup and was highly sought after by several top-level schools. She decided that she couldn’t pass on the opportunity to join one of the most competitive conferences in the Women’s College game. Congratulations Tianna!

Below is an interview with Tianna:
1 – when did you begin your Elk Grove Soccer Career and what made you choose Elk Grove Soccer?

I started playing for Elk Grove two years ago. I came here because I knew girls from ODP who played for Elk Grove and they wanted me to guest play. After that I was happy to guest play with the girls and I knew Elk Grove would guide me in the right direction for my future. When tryouts came around I told my parents I wanted to play for them even though it’s an hour drive, but they supported me because they want what’s best for me as well.

2 – what about the game drives you?

Soccer is a beautiful game. My passion and drive for the game is unconditional. I fell in love with it. The adrenaline rushing when it’s tied 1-1 with only a couple minutes left. Getting down and dirty, but not too dirty where it’s disrespectful. Building up sequences of passes to get one objective, to get the ball in the back of the net.

3 – when did you decide that you wanted to play at the next level?

Ever since I was little people would ask ‘what do you want to be when you grow older?’ I’d always answer with, ‘a professional soccer player.’

4 – do you play soccer outside of training? If so, what do you do and how many hours do you put in a week on your own?

Even on the days that I have training with Elk Grove, I put in the extra work before training. Every day I must do something to better my game. Right after school on days that I have practice I go to a personal training gym for about 2 1/2 -3 hours, then I go home to get some food in my body, then I go to practice. On the days I don’t have practice I still go to my personal trainer and go through that routine, but instead of going to practice I take some balls to the park and do whatever I think I need to work on by myself. So daily I put 5-6 hours in to make myself better. I get one rest day, so in a week if you add that up I put in 30 hours or more.

5 – what would you tell a younger player who wants to become a college soccer player?

I’d tell the kid to dream big. If you want it bad enough you will achieve whatever you want. It will take a lot of work and dedication to the sport. Not just the minimum of going to practice. You’re going to have to sacrifice with not being with your friends or even family functions. Start early and put in the extra work. It will pay off in the end.

6 – what is your major going to be and why?

I’m going to go into the medical field. I’m interested in being a nurse practitioner. My mom is a nurse that specializes in a certain area, so she gave me ideas and routes that I can go.

7 – what was the college recruitment process like and describe the pressure you went through making this decision?

My recruiting process was early but that’s how it is now. It’s cool when you have a lot of colleges interested in you because you get to talk to so many different coaches and maybe visit most of the colleges who are interested. It’s a lot to take in. Already talking to colleges while you’re a freshman or even earlier is crazy. It’s stressful when the coaches can’t contact you, so they must go through your coach to get to you but that’s why it’s a process and you must be patient. Making this decision, you must think about so many things because it’s four years of your life where you’re going to be living. Are you going to be happy there? You must think about academically do they have your major? On the athletic side, do you like the team because those are the girls you will be playing with, do you like the environment, the coaches? So many things to think about. Also, when you have other colleges you must weigh everything out and compare. After I thought about it a lot and talked to many people because it was very stressful, I was sure Arizona is where I want to spend my four years of college.