Getting to Know Eastern Michigan's Maggie Christensen

Updated 10/6/2010
Getting to Know...Eastern Michigan's Maggie Christensen
Maggie Christensen is a senior forward/midfielder for the Eastern Michigan Eagles. A former MAC All-Freshman and All-MAC Second Team member, Maggie missed the 2008 season due to injury. Returning last season as a junior, she tallied a goal and three assists, with the goal being the game-winner against conference rival Toledo. Now in her final season in an EMU uniform, Christensen has returned to full strength, starting all 13 games thus far and scoring four times, which is tied with Paige Sheridan for the team lead. Eastern Michigan is one of the final three teams in the MAC without a conference loss, although due to two ties they currently find themselves in third place in the West Division behind Toledo and Central Michigan. The Eagles will try to pick up some ground on their rivals this weekend with a roadtrip to East Division opponents Kent State and Buffalo.

1. How did you get started playing soccer?
I started playing soccer in the second grade, in a rec league. I knew soccer was for me because after our last game I cried hysterically because I wasn't ready for it to be over.

2. What is an annoying habit you possess?
According to many friends, one of the many annoying habits I possess is that I tend to talk really loud.

3. What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is losing someone I love.

4. Who is your non-sports hero ... why?
My heroes would definitely be my parents. No matter what is going on in their lives, they would drop anything to help me. They have always done whatever they could to make sure that my siblings and I had the best lives possible, even if it meant giving up things for themselves. My mom and dad have gotten me through some really hard times, sometimes not even knowing it, and there is no way I can ever really thank them for it. 

5. Why did you choose Eastern Michigan?
I chose Eastern Michigan because of the coaches and the team. My coaches are very honest and care so much about me and the team. The girls on the team, we're all very close and all seem to love what we were doing.

6. What is the best advice you have received from Coach Scott Hall?
The best advice I have ever received from Scott would be to have fun. As simple as it may seem, sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in the seriousness of the game and the competition that you forget why you started playing to begin with.

7. What is your most memorable moment in sports, either as an athlete or as a sports fan?
I am sure as it is for many female soccer players my age, my most memorable sports moment is probably when the US women won the World Cup in 1999. For a little girl, to see the whole country behind a sport that you love is just amazing, especially because I had never seen it really happen for a women's sport.

8. What is one movie you could watch over and over again and not get sick of?
Two movies that I could never get sick of are Tommy Boy and Dodgeball.

9. When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a little kid, I wanted to be a babysitter when I grew up because I absolutely idolized my babysitter. I mean what could be better than playing with kids all day long?

10. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
In ten years I would like to be working as a nurse, either for the military or in a hospital. If I am not working for the military, I would also like to be coaching soccer. I will hopefully be starting my own family, living in the same neighborhood as my friends and close to my parents and siblings.