Herald writer David Krueger sits down with the Panther senior to discuss school, soccer and The Hunger Games:
Q: So, how’s life going?
A: Pretty good senior year. Just been enjoying it.
Q: What’s been the best part so far?
A: Um…I don’t know. It’s been a pretty easy year academically. So I have more time to hang out with friends before they go to college and stuff.
Q: Do you enjoy school? At all?
A: I enjoy school but I’m getting senioritis pretty bad.
Q: Did you enjoy the sun two weekends ago?
A: I did. I washed my car.
Q: What are your goals for the soccer season?
A: We have a pretty good team this year. I hope to win the league, I guess. And just have a good last season.
Q: How are things going for you so far?
A: Pretty good. We’re (undefeated). We have a lot of good guys on the team and real good players too. So, I’ve been enjoying it so far.
Q: You guys are ranked first in the state in soccer? Do you guys talk about that a lot or try not to think about it?
A: Yes we are. We try to not really think about it because we don’t want it to go to our heads. We want to keep it.
Q: Is there any added pressure with teams gunning for the first-ranked team?
A: Um. I don’t know. Not really. It’s just rankings. It doesn’t really mean anything. It’s just something we’d like to keep.
Q: So what’s the end goal this year? State championship? Or is it too soon to talk about that?
A: It’s kind of too soon. That’s always every team’s goal. I think that’s something we could accomplish.
Q: Are you guys an older team or kind of on the younger side?
A: I don’t know. We’re pretty balanced. We’ve got a few good older guys and then some really good younger kids coming in as well.
Q: How long have you played soccer?
A: For like 15 years. Since I was three.
Q: What was your best moment ever in soccer?
A: I won a state championship in 2007 (with my club team) and then we got to go play in the regional championship in Las Vegas. That was pretty cool.
Q: What do you enjoy most about the sport?
A: I don’t know. I guess…It’s a very articulate kind of thing to do. There’s a lot of skill involved and you have to be athletic. I like how I can help the team play. I don’t really know how to phrase it.
Q: Do you have a favorite professional soccer team?
A: Yeah. Liverpool, in England, is one of my favorite teams. I watch their games every weekend. I kind of grew up liking them. My dad’s a huge soccer fan too.
Q: Have you ever been to a soccer game in Europe?
A: I’ve been to a couple high-end games. When the Sounders played Manchester United I got to go to that. A couple other good games. I’ve been to a national team game.
Q: What are your plans for after high school?
A: I’m going to Northwest University (in Kirkland) next year.
Q: What do you want to study?
A: I’m studying business there. I got to go there off a soccer scholarship and a singing scholarship.
Q: So you get to play soccer beyond high school?
A: Yeah. I signed with the team a couple months ago. It’s pretty exciting.
Q: Where there other schools that wanted you to come play for them?
A: I was also looking at some schools in California but it was my main school.
Q: Too much sun in California?
A: (Laughs.) I don’t know. It’s just my first year away from home. I don’t want to be too far away from my family.
Q: Any cool plans for Spring Break? Any fun trips planned?
A: We have a few soccer games (this week). So I’m not going anywhere.
Q: If you could have any job in the world, any place in the world, what would you do?
A: I would want to test vacations. Like, you know people test hotels and stuff around the world and give them feedback? I’d want to do that.
Q: What do you major in in college to do that? Is that a business degree?
A: I don’t know. I’ll find out.
Q: Did you see “The Hunger Games” when it came out?
A: I did.
Q: According to everybody on Facebook, it’s the best movie in the world. What did you think?
A: It was really good. I enjoyed it. I didn’t read the books but my sister did so she told me to go see it.
Q: I haven’t read the books. Will I be completely lost or is it still easy to follow?
A: It’s easy to follow. It explains everything really well.