Musto and Sherman Share Stories About Freshman Year at Idaho State
Maui classmates, Nikolina Musto and Kenya Sherman, kick start their second year at Idaho State University, where they were both recruited on scholarship following VIS Academy’s 2014 College Prep Camp.
Both players made an immediate impact on the Bengel’s squad with Kenya playing in 13 games, and Nikki playing in all 19 contests with 17 starts at the center midfield position. Nikki’s impact continues as she was recently named Big Sky Player of the Week for her performances in the second week of Big Sky Conference play where she led the Bengals in an undefeated 2-0 weekend with a team-high three goals and one assist for a team-high seven points.
After battling injuries, snow storms, and a tough freshman season, Nikki and Kenya share with us some of their highlights and low-lights of freshmen year and their aspirations for the upcoming sophomore year.
What was your in-season training schedule like?
NM: During season we train every day of the week for two hours except on Mondays. Monday is our day off from any type of physical activity. In addition to two hours of soccer practice, we have weight lifting at 6:00 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays.
What was your off-season training schedule like?
KS: We had 6:00 AM weight training, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I was in physical therapy for my knee (ACL repair), so my schedule was different. I would still attend 6 am weights, but sometimes I would miss afternoon practice because of therapy. The girls usually had indoor soccer practice in the afternoon, or some
type of conditioning.
How was your first pre-season training?
NM: Pre-season was difficult because it included several fitness tests in the morning and then full field scrimmages in the afternoon!
KS: I was not in top shape, so it was a little harder for me, but needless to say we survived! Naps and relaxation were crucial between two-a-day practices.
Was your first year anything like you had imagined it would be?
KS: I was not expecting to have a big voice for my team. As a freshman, I thought I would kind of stay in the background, but if you could assist the team in anyway, your voice was heard. You have more freedom to do what you want when it comes to your style of play, and your opinion matters when it comes to your team’s style of play.
NM: I thought that coming from Maui where there isn’t a lot of competition that I would struggle but going in I had a lot of confidence and the transition was easy.
What was the highlight of your season?
KS: Our game against North Dakota. Our team was out of control messy, and I stepped in as center back and turned our game around. Then I started to start and find my place. This was probably about a little over ½ way through our season.
NM: The one game we won!
What are you majoring in?
NM: I am majoring in Business with a minor in Communications.
How did you find balancing soccer with school?
NM: Balancing soccer with school is challenging. If you are organized and self-disciplined then it is easy. If not, you had better start being organized! During season it is harder to stay on top of all your school work because of all the traveling.
KS: A schedule is a mandatory key to success. I wrote out my day/week constantly. Our team required you to have 8 hours of study hall a week, this helped, but I often had many more homework hours to do. You just have to prioritize your life to school and soccer.
How did you adjust to life on campus?
KS: It was not a hard adjustment. Being apart of a soccer team helped, because you are now apart of that family. I HATE SNOW. Lets just say winter was not the funnest, I missed wearing shorts and getting slipper tans, plus I was on crutches during the winter so that was not fun.
What is the best part about campus life?
NM: On our campus we have a bowling alley and movie theater. It’s how we bonded outside of soccer.
KS: Everything you need is on campus. It is very ideal for a college student
What is the worst part about campus life?
KS: Sometimes we ran out of hot water in our dorm during the winter. That was not
NM: The food isn’t very good.
What are your goals for next season?
NM: Next season, I hope to be the leading goal scorer. This year I finished with the most assists on the team however, next year I need to be the one scoring all the goals. I hope that I am selected to be on the all-conference team and that our team wins the Big Sky.
KS: I may red shirt, but my main goal is to be in shape.