A Winner Wherever She Goes
Sept. 28, 2004
Winners breed championships. That just may be the philosophy that
A native of
Winning is nothing new to the midfielder. As a member of the Switzerland Sursee National Team, Dickenmann was a crucial part of a squad that won the 2002 Under-19 European Championship as well as two Swiss national championships. In addition to the team trophies, Dickenmann has also earned some personal hardware, being named MVP of two games in those championships.
"It was nice to be recognized for all the hard work I put in," explained the soccer veteran. "Playing in the biggest men's soccer stadium in
The biggest honor for Dickenmann came at the end of the 2003-04 season when she was named Swiss Player of the Year. That kind of experience combined with her style is exactly what OSU and Walker are looking to get out of Dickenmann for this season and the foreseeable future.
"Adding outstanding players from different regions and backgrounds brings a unique flavor to our team," added
However, soccer hasn't been the only challenge for Dickenmann since coming over to the
"At times it's hard for me to understand people," added the freshman sensation. "I love playing with the team and the new challenges that I'm faced with. I enjoy meeting new people each day and learning the infrastructure of soccer better."
Since arriving in
"Right now, besides the team, I don't really know many people," explained Dickenmann. "So right now I depend on my teammates a lot off the field. On the field, we all need each other in order to reach our goal and be successful."
On the field, the freshman has found that the brand of soccer played in the
"The game is more physical, athletic and fast. It is also different because soccer was part of my culture growing up; I learned the game by watching it. Here in
If Dickenmann is really still adjusting to play at
As if all this wasn't enough to get used to, Dickenmann has also had to adapt to American cuisine to which she has had some mixed results.
"The food here is good, but some of it is also a lot more unhealthy than back home."
If Dickenmann can help