Marike Mousset

Sport: Women’s soccer

Age: 22

Year: Senior

Hometown: Montreal

Major: Biology

 

Question: Help everyone pronounce your name: muh-REE-kay moo-SAY would be my highly uneducated guess. Am I close?

Answer: Yes, close. It’s muh-REEK

Q: Let’s talk about growing up in Montreal: Did you grow up in the city or in the suburbs?

A: I did grow up in the city, on the islands. My high school was right on the main street downtown, and my house was about 10 minutes from my high school.

 

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Q: Your mom and dad are Josee and Marc, your older sisters are Fani and Eliane, and all of this just sounds as quintessentially French as it possibly could be. True?

A: Yes, all of our names are very French! Except for mine, it’s actually from Belgium.

Q: Does your family mostly speak French or English at home?

A: We only speak French at home, but my entire family is super comfortable in English.

Q: What do your parents and siblings do?

A: My dad is a civil engineer, the vice president of an engineering firm. My mom is the CEO of the Foundation of Stars, a nonprofit that supports the research on childhood diseases. My oldest sister, Fani, is an account manager at a marketing company. And Eliane works for the government, helping autistic children improve their social skills. She is also studying psychology.

Q: Does your family ever get to Columbus to watch you play soccer?

A: Yes, all my family has been to Columbus to visit me! My parents try to come every two months, and both of my older sisters have been here.

Q: What is one thing about Montreal that you find you miss the most?

A: Mostly I miss being around my friends and family. I also miss being in a bigger city and always having something going on. It really does feel like Montreal never sleeps!

Q: And are there any “hidden gems” in Columbus that you never would have expected to find?

A: I would not have expected Columbus to have such amazing food. Columbus is a young city with a lot of amazing foody places. Columbus never fails to surprise me.

Q: Who, in general, is a more polite group of people, Canadians or American Midwesterners?

A: Initially, I thought Canadians were way more polite. However, I have come to realize that the way Americans are polite is simply different. Manners are different, and how Americans say “thank you” and “you’re welcome” here are not the same. Overall, I would still be inclined to say that Canadians are more polite, but I might be a little biased.

Q: How often do you get back to Canada? Have you spent your college summers there, or have Ohio’s roots grabbed you and kept you here?

A: I normally go back to Canada once or twice a year. I always go back for Christmas, and normally once in the summer. I have taken summer classes and have trained with the team every summer, which has kept me here most summers.

Q: Have you been able to secure any internships since you’ve been here?

A: I had an amazing internship at Mount Carmel Hospital. I was able to shadow multiple different specialties, and help in the administration part of the hospital.

Q: Let’s get to soccer. What sports did you play growing up, and when did soccer become your favorite?

A: I played basketball and soccer growing up, but soccer quickly became the chosen sport. I fully committed to soccer once I changed school my second year of high school.

Q: When did you first realize that you might be good enough to play American college soccer? Is there even such a thing as Canadian college soccer?

A: The way it works in Quebec is that you make your regional team (best 18 in your region), and if you are a top player at the regional tournament, you are invited to try out for the provincial team. Around 90 players are invited to try out from the province, and only 18 are kept at the end. If you are in the top 10 to 15 of those 18 players, you make it to the national training center. Initially I didn’t even think it would be possible for me to reach the provincial team. I ended up making it all the way to the national training center, and that is when I realized that the next step was American soccer!

Q: Is it safe to say that making Canada’s U-20 Women’s World Cup team is the highlight of your career thus far?

A: Yes, participating in a World Cup was definitely my highlight!

Q: How much do you emulate former OSU players Nichelle Prince and Lindsay Agnew, who played for Canada’s World Cup team this year?

A: I look up to them a lot. They are such great examples of hard-working players who are representing our country every time they are on a soccer field. I am extremely lucky I got to play with them here and still watch them represent our country!

Q: How does Ohio State keep getting these talented Canadians? Does coach Lori Walker-Hock make a mean poutine?

A: Ohio State is just such a great school. It is extremely strong academically, and the athletics here obviously are incredible. It is really the best of both worlds.

Q: Do you have a favorite soccer player?

A: Laure Boulleau, the outside back of the French national team. However, she has been injured and did not participate in this past World Cup. I am also a big fan of Megan Rapinoe.

Q: And what about a favorite team? Do you have one — and I’ll remind you that Montreal has a Major League Soccer team?

A: I am a big fan of Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain, the two top women’s professional teams in France.

Q: What did it mean to be voted as Ohio State captain for the second year in a row?

A: It meant a lot. I have been working hard to become a great leader. I believe in this team so much, so I am honored to get to lead this team.

Q: Since arriving at Ohio State, what other sports have you discovered? Have any required a learning curve to understand?

A: Field hockey was a sport I had never heard of before, so that was new. Also, I had to learn some things about American football since the rules are different than Canadian football!

Q: Easy finishing question No. 1: What is your position on equal pay for women’s soccer players?

A: It’s a really complicated question. There are a lot of things to consider when talking about equal pay, I obviously support women being paid as much as men, but there are factors in the controversy right now beyond the scope of what I can comment on.

Q: And easy finishing question No. 2: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your American college experience?

A: 11! This experience has been even better than I could have ever imagined.

rstein@dispatch.com