Q&A With Ryan Johnson

Nov. 6, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Ryan Johnson (Boston, Mass./Melrose HS) is rewriting the record books when it comes to assists at Oregon State - and he is only a sophomore. Johnson, who now owns both the OSU single season record (13, 2003) as well as the career record (18, 2002-03) in assists, has proven to be a handful for opposing defenses. As a freshman last year, Johnson tallied 13 points with four goals and five assists while starting 14 of the 18 games he played. This year, he has scored twice and is currently second in the nation with 13 assists. The following is an interview with Johnson after a recent practice.

YOU ARE CURRENTLY SECOND IN THE NATION IN ASSISTS THIS YEAR WITH 13, DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR ROLE HAS CHANGED FROM LAST SEASON?

'Earlier in the year my position changed, so my role changed a little bit, but during the year I went back to my old position from last year. I would say that it did change a little, but not to the point where it would affect my game.'

WHAT DO YOU FEEL ARE YOUR GREATEST STRENGTHS ON THE SOCCER FIELD?

'I would have to say my vision of the game, recognizing where my players are and finding them on the pitch. Just working hard has helped me out this year.'

WHAT DO YOU DO BEFORE EACH GAME TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR PLAYING SOCCER?

'I just think about what my role is for each game and how I'm going to fulfill that role. I don't do anything really special, I just go out there and do my own thing.'

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THIS SEASON?

'I would have to say our road win at Stanford, because it was the first time that we beat them down there. We worked so hard last year down there and ended up losing in double overtime, so just to win there and beat them at home this year was really special.'

IN YOUR BIO, IT TALKS ABOUT YOUR FATHER PLAYING SEMI-PRO SOCCER. WAS HE A MAJOR INFLUENCE IN YOUR PROGRESSION AS A PLAYER?

'Yeah, he taught me not to make any excuses on the field or put the blame on someone else when you know that it was your fault. He told me not to point the blame at anyone and just play your game and things will fall into place.'

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