Q & A with Karen Zmirak

Q & A with Karen Zmirak


Zmirak is a junior on the Wolf Pack women’s soccer team. She comes to Nevada from Oakville, Ontario, Canada.



What set Nevada apart in the recruiting process?

Where the program is from, where it started, and the girls.


Is there a pro player you think you play like?

I do not think I play like a pro player, I wish I could play like Messi or Torres


What do you like to do in your free time?

Hanging out and relaxing with the girls


What is the best thing about Nevada so far?

The atmosphere and surroundings


What was your first college soccer experience like?

Exciting, I was ready to get on the field and play


Who are your role models/idols?

My dad taught me everything I know. Rudd van Nistelrooy and Andriy Shevchenko


What was one thing you didn’t know about Nevada that surprised you when you got here?

Nothing really surprised me.  


Do you have any nicknames?

Z or Z-Mack


What are some of your hobbies away from soccer?

I love playing any sport (and finding cool tricks to do), listening to music (singing and dancing too), and getting involved in the community.


Did you bring anything to Nevada to remind you of home?

Pictures of family and friends, a Canadian and Croatian Flag but also sporting the gear.


Do you feel fortunate to be where you are today?

So very fortunate. I was so happy being able to be part of a winning program but also meeting the girls, because they make a difference in my life everyday.  


What attracted you to Nevada?

The program and the area


What do you think having a diverse group does for the team?

It gives the team a different outlook on things and also brings another dynamic to the team’s success.


Being from a different country, what are your impressions of Nevada and the States so far?

It’s very busy and on the go (No time to just relax).


What is something that very few people know about you?

I am very outgoing even though I come off shy.


What has been the biggest challenge in your college experience so far?

Adjust to a different style of play on the field.


Do you think you can learn as much from losing a big match as you can winning one?

Yes. When a team loses, then they learn from it, and they get better for the next game.


Do you have a pet peeve or something you can’t stand?

I do not like it when people are not straight forward with you. If you have a problem or need to get something off your chest just say it.


Is there a food you hate?

Grits (it’s a southern thing)


Who are some pro athletes you look up to?

Rudd van Nistelrooy, Andriy Shevchenko, Lionel Messi, & Fernando Torres


Do you enjoy having to be committed to a team and go out there everyday for practice?

If I did not enjoy it, I would not have come out here in the first place.


If you could go back in time, would you choose a different sport?

It was tough for me to pick between basketball or soccer, because I played both my whole life. However, I feel as though I did pick the right sport, the right school, and the right team.


What is your pre-game favorite routine?

Visualizing the attack


How would your teammates best describe you as?

Fun, Tough, Accurate


What is your best place on campus?

Mackay Stadium


Where do you see yourself today if you were not playing soccer?

Coaching somewhere


Who is the person that has most influenced your athletic career?

My dad.


What is the best advice you have ever been given?

When you are put down because of your size or speed make up for it with your heart and determination.


If you won $1 million, what would you do?

Have my whole family come out here and watch my games. Then after college travel to Europe and play soccer.


If you were left alone on a desert island, what would be the three things you would take with you?

Unlimited amount of water, unlimited amount of writing material, and sports equipment. 




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