Becca Austin
Becca Austin (SUBMITTED)

Dallastown's Becca Austin made a habit of keeping opposing teams from scoring.

The Wildcats goalie set a school record with 54 career shutouts.

Austin excels off the pitch, too. She collected Dallastown's Character Counts Sportsmanship award for the second straight season. The award is given to a student athlete on each of the Wildcats' teams who exemplifies team focus, attitude, leadership, integrity and sportsmanship.

For her play on the field, Austin received a soccer scholarship from Division I Coastal Carolina, where she will major in journalism.

Before she starts her career of asking questions, we got a chance to ask a few to the YAIAA Division I girls' soccer player of the year:

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What was the most memorable moment of the season?

I would say beating Susquehannock in the semifinals of the (YAIAA) tournament because we lost to them in the regular season.

What age were you when you started playing soccer?


When did you become a goalkeeper?

I became a goalkeeper in fourth grade.

Why did you want to be a goalie?

In fourth grade, for my Dallastown club team, there was no goalkeeper. So, I decided I would do it. When I started out, I was really bad. But, I just stuck with it and improved and fell in love with it.

Being a goalie, what's the mindset during a penalty kick?


Just to try and guess which side the kicker is going to and get in a good position to get to the ball.

You've played in games where you may be busy the whole game and make around 15 saves. Then there are games you only make a save or two. Which type of game do you prefer to play in?

I prefer to be busy. I like the challenge of being busy and having work to do instead of just standing back there and watching my team do all the work.

You have a scholarship to Coastal Carolina. Why did you choose that university?

I love the beach and I love warm weather. When I went down and met the coaches, I just fell in love with it.

You're going to be a journalism major. Why that field?

I love to write. I think I want to go into sports journalism. It just seems like a really fun job.

OK, enough with the serious stuff. What's your favorite TV show?

One tree hill.

Favorite musician or band?

Taylor Swift.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Hope Solo because she seems very interesting and bold and opinionated and she's the goalkeeper for the U.S. women's team. Channing Tatum because then I could call it a date. Mia Hamm because she's a soccer legend and just to meet her would be awesome.

What's your favorite sport other than soccer?

I really like to watch baseball, because I grew up watching it and my brother played.

Do you have a favorite team?

I like the Boston Red Sox.

Who is your favorite athlete?

Alex Morgan.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Hang out with friends, go to the beach, go shopping and go on runs.

What's your favorite store?


What is your favorite vacation spot?

Myrtle Beach.

What's one place you want to get to in your life?