HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State soccer kicking off the 2017-18 athletic calendar on Aug. 18 and over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to the program’s eight incoming freshman.

The unit looks to help the Bearkats make their return to the Southland Conference Tournament for the eighth time in nine years. The group includes three midfielders, three defenders and two forwards while six of the eight hail from Texas and the other two coming from Tulsa, Okla., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Our sixth freshman is No. 6, Courtney Pawlik. She played at Ridge Point High School in Missouri City and was named preseason All-Greater Houston and a Top Vype Soccer Player Nominee in 2017. Pawlik was a three-time first-team all-district and academic all-district honoree. She was also first-team all-region in 2016 and second-team all-region in 2015.

Why did you choose to further your soccer career at Sam Houston?
"Sam Houston is a soccer program where I feel I could progress my skills and technical abilities in a small, yet competitive environment, and be successful doing so.”

How would you describe your strengths on the field?
"My strengths are distributing the ball, technical skills, and penalty kicks.”

What are some of your hobbies outside of soccer?
"I love to swim, play basketball, and watch Netflix.”

Do you have any pregame superstitions?
“I always have to have at least one braid in my hair!”

What are your personal goals entering the season?
“My goals are to help the team in any way I can and to get stronger in every aspect technically and physically on the field.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
“I would visit Jamaica because the people who live there are known to be happy all the time and I think that is inspiring.”

Who is your favorite soccer player and why?
“Carli Lloyd because she controls the field and she is the type of player I aspire to become.”

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
“Humble, diligent, ethical”

What does a perfect day look like to you?
“Sunny day on the beach”

If you could live in a book, TV show or movie, what would it be and why?
“She’s the Man because I have always wanted to score a goal by a bicycle kick.”

If you weren’t playing soccer, what sport would you be playing?
“Basketball”

Who are your all-time favorite artists/bands?
“Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood”

Where is the most interesting place you've visited and why?
“Dominican Republic because people are so content with so little.”

If you had a bucket list, what is one thing that would be on it?
“Hang gliding”