Since she was 4 years old, Margi Osmundson had a passion for soccer. Being a first generation soccer player in her family, she started playing because her mom put her in a recreation league.
While not having anybody in her family to look up to as a player, her family is still always right by her side.
“My family would be my biggest influence as a player,” said Osmundson. “They are always supportive and always have been.”
In addition to soccer, Osmundson played softball and basketball growing up as well. She carried out varsity basketball through her junior year at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, but decided to just play soccer in her final year of high school. But if she wasn’t playing soccer, Osmundson would want to play golf.
The Petaluma native chose Sonoma State University for two reasons: she wanted to stay close to home and the soccer program and coaches drew her in. Even though she played other sports growing up, the midfielder and forward always knew and foresaw herself playing collegiate soccer.
While having such a big passion for the sport, being a collegiate athlete can get time-consuming and managing her time is the most challenging part for Osmundson.
“You have a lot of things going on besides soccer so being able to balance them all is a challenge,” said Osmundson.
A day in the life of Osmundson is basically non-stop school and soccer. On a typical Wednesday, she wakes up at 6:45 a.m. Practice is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. She then treks to class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with somewhat of a break until her last class of the day from 6 to 9:40 p.m.
In addition to going to class and practice, her team has mandatory study hall for all the girls. It’s held Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. All the girls have to attend at least one study hall per week, but anyone with under a 3.0 GPA is required to attend both sessions.
Sports can be amazing backdrops for life lessons. For Osmundson, she has learned a lot that applies to her sport, but also just life in general.
“There are a lot of emotions and hard times in soccer,” Osmundson said, “but you will always have your teammates in the end to help you through. Soccer gives you a mental toughness.”
Just starting out her junior year at SSU, Osmundson is off to a good start. She was one of the Seawolves of the Week for the week of Sept. 15. In the non-conference game on Sept. 14 against Cal State Monterey Bay, Osmundson stole the show scoring the only two goals of the game, bringing her up to three goals for the season so far.
Osmundson has one thing in mind for the rest of her season: winning a California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) banner.
“My teammates help keep me motivated,” Osmundson said, “[to try] and win a CCAA banner every year.”
Osmundson and the rest of the SSU women’s soccer team can be seen in action at the Seawolf Soccer Field against Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday at 1:30 p.m., this time battling for a conference win.