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Chloe Roberts returns to the United States this month and is determined to build on an incredibly successful first season with the University of North Alabama.
The 19-year-old left Plymouth Argyle last summer for a four-year scholarship with the UNA and enjoyed a record breaking campaign which also saw her university achieve its best ever season.
"I'm really looking forward to the new season," Chloe told Women's Soccer Scene. "I am hoping to do better than last year, when we came second in the Southern Conference and reached the last sixteen of the Nationals. Unfortunately we lost out to West Florida on both occasions, we just couldn't beat them."
However Chloe exceeded all expectations on a personal level. "It went a lot better than I thought, I didn't expect that," she admitted. "I scored 32 goals which broke the university's record and was selected in the All-South Conference team.
"I was also named in the All-Americans teams along with my team mate Nikki Brown, we were the first UNA players ever to achieve this. To top it off I also won the university's Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards, so my bag was quite heavy when I returned home!
"I have set high standards for myself now but I am hoping to do the same again this season. That said, it is not all about individuals and I would rather we won the league than I was top goalscorer."
On arriving at the UNA, Chloe noticed a marked difference from back home. "The facilities over there are amazing and the people really nice and friendly," she enthused. "It is a good standard with a quicker speed of play and it is very enjoyable to play in. The league is very competitive and you are constantly testing yourself against better players.
"We train six days a week on average and it was a little bit difficult to adjust to at first. The heat is probably the hardest, at 100 degrees it is a bit different from England!
"It does help having six other English players with me at the university, you can relate to them and what we are going through and our parents come over from time to time.
"As well as playing and training, we have to play our part in coaching local kids. We have to do ten hours of community service per semester, but it is really enjoyable."
Chloe had spent her career in England with Plymouth Argyle and, in her last two seasons, was regularly the leading scorer in the South West Combination and had already attracted the attentions of her current home.
"My coach at the UNA, Graham Winkworth, initially watched me play for Plymouth when I was 15 and returned again three years later to see me once more. He offered me a scholarship and I bit his hand off!
"I am there for four years and, when I have finished, I would love to turn professional. If not, well, I am studying for a degree in fitness management and would put that to use - I would like to stay in football."
Chloe has been capped by England at Under-19 level and she is hopeful that her scoring exploits in America will keep her in contention for the higher age groups.
"I was on standby for the Under-19s last season and have been at a training camp with the Under-23s, so I hope they are keeping an eye on me," she said. "I really want to play for my country. If it doesn't happen, well at least I can say I have played a few times, but it is nice to hear my name still being mentioned."
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