Okanagan Challenge spotlight
University team: University of Calgary
Q: Why did you get into soccer?
A: I started at a really young age. When I was 4 or 5 I played almost every sport-- soccer, basketball, volleyball, everything except hockey, which is pretty surprising. I stuck with soccer the longest, enjoyed it the most, and excelled at that more than the other ones, just seemed like the natural fit.
Q: What drew you to being a goalkeeper? It can be kind of a lonely position...
A: Maybe I'm a little crazy up in the head. I played goalkeeper in soccer, I used to play goalie whenever I played road hockey with my friends-- every sport I played goalkeeper. Not sure what called me to that position but I've been playing that my whole life and definitely enjoy it the most.
Q: Do you have any goalkeeping heroes?
A: There's not really one particular guy. I do follow a lot of the English league, the Spanish league, and international soccer. It's just moreso looking at whoever has a good game, seeing what they do. I like to watch good saves.
Q: So, what do you do when your teammates are running up the field, and you're alone back there? What's going through your mind?
A: I just move up a bit, sit back and watch, and hopefully they can get me a bit of goal support.
Q: And when they score, do you have your own personal celebration?
A: Usually if it was a nice goal I'll just yell something at the guy who scored. But no, I'm not jumping around, fist pumping or anything, I usually stay pretty calm.
Q: How do you feel about this season compared to last?
A: I'm looking forward to this one. I like how it's come together with UBC Okanagan, it gets a lot of structure and Dante's a great coach, so I'm excited.
Q: What was a personal highlight of last season?
A: Definitely winning the league was a big thing. And on a personal level, my first game of the season we shut out Kamloops, I made a couple good saves, so it was definitely nice to start off the year that way.
Q: What do you do when you're not playing soccer?
A: I play a lot of golf, actually, and I work out at the Okanagan Golf Club. I used to play competitively before I went to school for soccer. I just play a bunch of golf, hang out with friends, your typical summer, I enjoy not going to school.