CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Each Tuesday through the women’s soccer season, Charlotte49ers.com will feature alumnae of the program in celebration of the program’s 20th campaign in 2013. Former players were selected at random for the Q&A and the plan was to include all eras of the program, dating back to its inception in 1994.
This week’s edition features Whitney Weinraub (2007-10). Weinraub, a Holland, Pa., native, played her first two years for Jon Lipsitz and then her last two seasons for John Cullen. She was a part of the NCAA Tournament squads in 2007 and 2008, Atlantic 10 regular-season championship teams in 2007, 2008 and 2010 and Atlantic 10 Tournament title-winning squads in 2007 and 2008.
As one of the more prolific players in program history, she started 75 of the 85 games in which she played, netting a school-record 39 goals and adding 26 assists for a program-best 104 points. Thirteen of her scores proved to be game winners, another Niners standard, while her 200 shots equal Jill Currie (1997-2000) for the most by a 49ers player.
She is tied for eighth in school history for games played and tied for seventh for assists. She is one of 10 players in program history with a hat trick, accomplishing the feat Aug. 31, 2008, against Tennessee Tech.
She was honored as a four-time Jewish Sports Review All-America and the 2008 and 2009 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year. She collected All-Southeast Region accolades by the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz in 2008, while garnering a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week Nov. 2, 2010. The Atlantic 10 presented her with six Player of the Week plaudits and a spot on its all-tournament squad in 2008.
1. What factors led to your decision to attend Charlotte?
How beautiful the school is and on my official visit, how everyone was just so generous. Right as I stepped on the field for my visit I knew this is where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life.
2. How did you see yourself grow as a soccer player and as a person during your collegiate career?
I felt as I went in my senior year I saw how all the hard work and dedication paid off. And putting 100 percent in every workout and on the field.
3. What are some of your fondest memories of playing soccer with the 49ers?
-- Breaking the school goal-scoring record near my hometown at Saint Joseph’s (Oct. 29, 2010)
-- Winning the A-10 Championship in 2007 and 2008
-- Meeting my best friends at Charlotte who I talk to everyday
4. How often do you play soccer these days?
I still play soccer three days a week
5. Where are you currently living (city, state)?
I live in Doylestown, Pa.
6. What is your current occupation?
7. Do you have any family (husband/kids/pets)?
Medical Sales and in grad school for Clinical Counseling
I have been dating my boyfriend for four years 8. What advice would you offer to a current 49ers women’s soccer player?
Enjoy the years you are putting in. I never thought four years would go by so fast. Have fun and play hard.