Aug. 11, 2014
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University women's soccer All-American Ingrid Wells (C'11) had a dream to play professionally following her graduation. She's done just that, starting her second year of playing professionally in Germany.
Wells was a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American selection and a four-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection. She was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year twice and was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2007.
Q: Give us an update on what you are currently doing. Wells: I'm currently living in Potsdam, Germany and at the start of my second year of a two year contract with 1. F.F.C. Turbine Potsdam.
Q: What are your first memories about playing soccer at Georgetown, from preseason training to your first game and meeting your teammates? Wells: I remember my first preseason at Georgetown clearly. From the initial awkward first meetings with my new teammates, to my first stay at the Spring Hill Suites and beating Loyola (ha ha Naomi). 2-1, in my first scrimmage at the Hilltop. I recall how nervous I was when my mom and I parted ways at the seniors' house on R Street and anxious to get on the field as I knew I'd feel myself there and that would, in turn, help make me feel comfortable in my transition.
Q: What is one favorite soccer-related memory from your time on Hilltop, maybe a game, a season or even a great road trip? Wells: A: I'd have to say I have two favorite soccer memories at Georgetown, though there were plenty of special moments! One was my freshman year, when we faced UConn away and won on a penalty kick in the last 12 minutes to move on to the final four of the BIG EAST Tournament that year. This victory also proved to be critical in our first program NCAA bid that year as well.
Number two is from 2010, when we beat Maryland at Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in penalty kicks. That result brought us to the Sweet 16 round, and let's be honest, it is always sweet beating Maryland especially at their place (and they were a very strong team that year).
Q: What is your favorite non-soccer related memory from your time at Georgetown? Wells: My favorite non-soccer memories at Georgetown are all the little traditions I created whether with my family, friends or myself. From going to the Tombs with my Dad after home games or pregame breakfasts with my mom at the Le Pain Quoitidien on M Street or my runs along the Canal and finishing them off at the infamous Exorcist Stairs. In addition, living in a house on 36th Street for two years with my friends provided me with a ton of happy memories.
Q: When was the last time you were on the GU campus and what did you notice about things that were different, the same or anything that stood out? Wells: The last time I was on campus was this summer. Besides the large, new science building and updates to our field I don't feel as if much has changed. However, I do feel I am the one who has changed and has a new perspective that has naturally come with the passing of time. It was this summer that I truly felt as if I was no longer a student there. (My brother being a junior at Georgetown may have something to do with that...)
Q: How many of your former teammates do you still talk to or at least stay in contact with, whether on social media or alumni get-togethers? Wells: Although Dave (Nolan) won't admit it publicly, I maintain a close relationship with him and we catch up fairly often. I also stay in contact with Naomi and Hayley Siegel, whom I consider good friends. Sara Jordan became a best friend my freshman year, and unfortunately for Dave, he had to put up with us as teammates for three years together, which was two more than expected. To this day, she remains one of my best friends and it has been fun and interesting to see how we have both grown over the years and how our relationship has developed after life at Georgetown.
Q: What is one thing that you are most proud of from your playing career at Georgetown? Wells: I am most proud and grateful I got to be a part of the Georgetown Women's Soccer Team in the period of time in which I believe it experienced its greatest development. I feel privileged to have witnessed and been a part of this history in the making first hand.
Q: How do you feel about the success the soccer program has had in recent years? Wells: I give credit to Dave, his staff, the players, and the athletic department. The success of the program reflects the hard work and belief that has been put in. Georgetown is a unique university and there is no reason why the women's soccer program shouldn't be given the tools to continue to develop and excel.