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Oct. 10, 2012

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Ashley is the Pitt women's soccer program's all-time goals leader and points record holder. In her four-year career, Ashley has scored 23 goals and registered 51 points. She has led the team in both goals and points in each of her first three seasons at Pitt. Ashley has played in all games except one during her career with 54 starts. She was a member of the 2009 Big East All-Rookie Team, the 2011 All-Big East Third Team and was named a Big East Academic All-Star in 2011. Ashley became only the third player in school history to earn Big East All-Rookie Team honors. She was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll twice. The daughter of Nancy Balog-Cuba, Ashley is anthropology major from Poland, Ohio.

Q: What are your favorite memories while attending Pitt?

A: "Breaking the goals and points records are both huge accomplishments. The activities that we did, all the team bonding stuff, all the fun stuff we did as a team."

Q: What does it mean to you to set career records for points and goals scored?

A: "It's an honor, it really is. I didn't think that I'd come in and be able to do break those records, I just wanted to play. I'm honored to be the person to hold those records."

Q: What was your favorite and most memorable goal scored at Pitt?

A: "They all seem the same after a while. I can't really pinpoint one. I remember them all like yesterday. The one I do remember was during my freshman year in overtime against DePaul. Lyndsey Pierson and I both slidetackled the ball into the goal. There was no grass on the field at all, it was all mud. I remember sliding in and coming up all muddy. My mom didn't even hug me after the game!"

Q: Favorite soccer memories?

A: "Definitely making the Big East Tournament my sophomore year was a great memory. Even though we lost, it was a good experience. All the goals I scored I remember them like yesterday."

Q: Why did you attend Pitt in the first place?

A: "Family is really important to me. Pittsburgh is only an hour away and I really wanted my mom to see me play every game. I really liked the city of Pittsburgh and how it's so together and united with all of the Steelers fans. That's kind of like how it was in my high school, very family oriented and united. Not just the Steelers but Pittsburgh life in general."

Q: What have you learned playing soccer at Pitt? What are some of the things that you'll take with you in life?

A: "I learned a significant amount about myself and about life. I learned a lot of things, how to teach people and how to learn from them."

Q: What does playing at Ambrose Urbanic Field mean to you?

A: "It boosted the program with the access on campus now. Our friends and fellow athletes can come watch us. It's so much more convenient, we can go there anytime and practice. That helps a lot. It helps us from an athletic community and family standpoint on our team."

Q: What makes Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh unique?

A: "The support from people you don't even know. I run into people all the time who always say good luck. It's awesome to have that type of support."

Q: What is the one thing that you will miss most about Pitt soccer?

A: "Everything. I don't want to grow up!"

Q: What is the biggest adjustment to playing college soccer?

A: "Definitely the style of play. Mentally and physically, you have to play so much faster."

Q: Looking back on your career, what are some things that you would do differently?

A: "If anything I would have gotten to know my teammates better."

Q: What advice do you have for an incoming freshman soccer player at Pitt?

A: "Work hard. Play with heart because it's over before you know it. It's the saddest thing ever when it's over."

Q: What is the best thing about attending Pitt?

A: "Education and the people."

Q: Plans for the future?

A: "Not exactly sure. Right now, it's between grad school and playing. I'm an anthropology and criminal justice major."


Women's Soccer Senior Profile: Ashley Cuba

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