Q & A With Sophomore Forward Spencer Schmidt
Sept. 8, 2005
Sophomore forward Spencer Schmidt has emerged as quite an offensive threat for the Huskies. He led the team in scoring during spring season and already has a goal and 10 shots under his belt in UW's first two matches. Schmidt sat down recently with GoHuskies.com reporter Andre Bayard.
Gohuskies.com: When did you start playing soccer?
Spencer Schmidt: I started playing when I was four years old, but I didn't play organized soccer until I was like eleven years old.
GH: Why did you want to come down and play for the Huskies?
SS: It was a great opportunity when I came down to visit. There are a great group of guys here at UW, and I couldn't ask for a better place to play.
GH: How is playing in Canada different than playing in the United States?
SS: Here in the States, there are so many more guys with a lot more talent, than Canada. And you really have to work a lot harder to keep up with the pace, and the game play down here.
GH: How was the transition from playing soccer in high school, in another country, and then coming to UW, and playing division-one?
SS: There was big transition. It was a bigger transition than I thought it was going to be. Last year was a big learning experience for me, but I have come back a lot more experienced this year.
GH: Last season you didn't see a whole lot of playing time and then in the spring led the team in scoring. Now after two games this season, you have already scored one goal and lead the Pac-10 in shots. What did you do during the off-season to prepare for this upcoming season?
SS: I just wanted to work hard, and especially hit the weight room a little bit more. I wanted to get a little bit stronger, and a little bit faster. Last year I believe being able to compete physically with everyone was my biggest problem. But really, I just tried to work hard, and stay positive.
GH: How do like playing for Coach Wurzberger?
SS: He is a good guy. He is very knowledgeable of the game. He really knows what he is talking about. And he knows how to coach a player. He really knows how to talk to the guys, and teach them.
GH: Did any of the older guys take you under their wing, last season?
SS: Yeah, Mike Chabala really helped me in telling me to stay focused with everything, and also Casey Armstrong, who started mostly all of the games. I really looked to him because he was always the first person on the field and the last person off the field. He was always working hard, and I looked up to him because of that.
GH: What kind of advice did the older guys give you?
SS: They told me to always try and stay focused, and to always look to work harder. They told me stuff like, 'if you had a good practice today, then you can always have a better practice the next time you come out.' Also they told me to always be open to suggestions of what the other guys tell you, because there is always someone that has played more games than you, who has won more trophies than you, and who has more experience than you.
GH: What are you looking forward to this season?
SS: I am looking forward to a successful season. Our team has a lot of potential, and I think we are going to have a good season this year. We have a great group of guys, and I am looking to have fun, and hopefully win a Pac-10 championship and a lot more.
GH: What is your most memorable experience that you had last year with soccer?
SS: 'I didn't score any goals last season, so it wasn't memorable that way, but the road trips were always fun. Also always hanging out with the guys, because we are a really close team, and we like to hang out with each other. Also going out to dinner, and taking it easy.'
GH: When you are not playing soccer, what else do you like to do?
SS: 'Eat, sleep, and play Tiger Woods PGA Tour.'
GH: Do you have any embarrassing moments you don't mind sharing?
SS: 'Oh yeah, the guys would know this. Last year I was injured, and I had to help pick up goose poop off the soccer field, and I was walking back after I finished picking it all up, and I went up to the trainer who was out there, and I was like, 'I don't understand how these geese get in here-all the gates are locked.' Then she gave me the weirdest look, and was like, 'Spence, they can fly.' And I was like, 'oh man...' That was really funny--I just had a brain fart. I felt really stupid.'
GH: If one of your friends were going to describe who you are as a person, what do you think they would say?
SS: They would probably say that I am a relaxed guy, chill, and easy going.
GH: What are your future goals and plans after you graduate college?
SS: My ambition is to play professional soccer in Europe. I would love to play in Germany because I already know how to speak the language, and I have been there before. But I would like to play in the MLS too. But I am taking it step by step right now.