Tears of Joy
Feb. 16, 2009
Corinne Bolder did not begin her stellar soccer career with a hat trick, a game-winning goal or even a shining moment where she knew she would one day play collegiately. The once shy and undersized child actually cried in her first ever soccer match. Fortunately for her and the Minnesota Gophers, Bolder would soon shed the tears and begin to play the game at an elite level.
Her high school career included two second-team All-State selections and four All-Region teams. She even played on the varsity tennis squad at Garfield High in Woodbridge, Va., and named twice to the All-District team.
Bolder’s play on the soccer field caught the eyes of many college recruiters, especially those on the East Coast. However, the 5-3 forward chose to attend the University of Minnesota for its top-ranked soccer program.
Bolder’s first season as a Gopher can be argued as one of the best freshman performances in school history. Her 33-point total throughout the season, including 11 goals and 11 assists, piloted the team to its first Big Ten Championship in program history. She was selected to the All-Big Ten second team and on the week of Sept. 21, 1995, Bolder was honored as the conference’s Player of the Week, becoming only the second Gopher to earn the award that season.
It is not difficult to see where Bolder received her incredible soccer skills from. Both of her parents (Jusianne and Rene) where considered soccer gurus during their youth on the Caribbean Island of Martinique. When the couple immigrated to the United States, they would team up in co-ed recreational leagues and simply dominate other squads. Bolder’s younger sister Natalie even accepted a scholarship offer to play at the University of Kentucky.
Bolder went on to display one of the most decorated careers in Minnesota history. She guided the Maroon and Gold to another Big Ten title her junior year, and four consecutive NCAA Championship appearances. The four-time letterwinner finished her career, ranking sixth in points with 75, sixth in goals with 25 and tied for third in assists with 75 while compiling a 61-21-5 overall record.
Now that’s nothing to cry about.