Sept. 6, 2017

As we continue through the 2017-18 season, members of the Virginia women’s soccer team took some time to sit down and answer a few questions to provide a little insight and help our fans get to know them better as student-athletes.

Name: Betsy Brandon
Spanish and Speech Communication Disorders
Classification: Junior
Position: Midfielder
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
High School: D’Evelyn

What do you love most about competing as a Virginia Cavalier?
What I love most is representing this prestigious institution while also getting to play the sport I love.

Why did you choose Virginia?
Not only does Virginia have an incredible women’s soccer program, but it is a rigorous academic institution. UVA has a beautiful campus as well.

What will be your lasting memory of your time as a Virginia Cavalier?
More than any soccer or academic experience, I value the friendships and relationships with teammates, coaches, and classmates that I have formed. I will treasure them for a lifetime.

What defines a Cavalier?
Passion, integrity, and hard work.

Who or what motivates you in your sport?
What motivates me is that UVA has given me the ability to use the gift God gave me to continue playing soccer at a high level.

What are your goals for the season?
ACC Championship and a NCAA Championship

Favorite family vacation?
My yearly beach vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama, with family.

Favorite class?
Teaching as a Profession with Professor Stephen Plaskon

Favorite cereal?
Cap’n Crunch

Favorite movie?
The Pink Panther

What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Me Too by Meghan Trainor

Teammates would describe you as?
Fast(er than Brianna)

Who is your hero and why?
My sister, Ellie, is my hero because she battled cancer and came out on the other side healthy and with a positive attitude.

Name one thing most people probably don’t know about you?
I love Mark Wahlberg.

Besides your own sport, what’s a sporting event on Grounds that fans need to experience at least once and why?
Squash because it’s now a varsity sport!!

If you could play any other sport, what would it be?
I would play volleyball because my sisters played and it’s the only other sport that I was semi-good at

If you could give any advice to younger athletes entering the sport what would it be?
Be coachable because, to me, that’s the most valuable characteristic of a player. The players that go the farthest are always willing to learn.

Nickname (is there a story you can share that goes with it)?
Betsy Bolt because I’m as fast as lightning (LOL)

Favorite holiday?

Favorite TV show?
The Office

What is your biggest fear?

Dream job?
Co-owning a really successful donut shop with Mia Hoen-Beck.

Best Athletic Memory?
2015 ECNL champs with Colorado Rush.