On The Pitch With Taylor Hoss

Oct. 5, 2006

Freshman defender Taylor Hoss has jumped right into the mix with the Huskies this season, starting all but one game in the Husky backline that has allowed just seven goals in 10 games. Hoss recently sat down with GoHuskies.com to talk about the transition from high school soccer to college and his thoughts on the season thus far. After having their eight-game winning streak snapped last weekend in Southern California, the Huskies host a big Pac-10 series with Stanford and Cal this weekend.

GoHuskies.com: What is the transition like from high school to division I soccer?
Taylor Hoss: 'It is a fast transition. Everyone is bigger, faster and stronger. The play at this level is just so much quicker.'

GH: What made you choose the University of Washington?
TH: 'I came here because I wanted to win and this is a really good team. This program has had a really good run in the past and the academics are really good here too.'

GH: Were there any other schools that you were seriously considering?
TH: 'I wanted to come to the University of Washington for a very long time.'

GH: You came in and have started all but one game so far this season, was that overwhelming at all?
TH: 'I didn't think that I was going to start right away. It just happened to be that my position was open and everything just fell into place. I had to earn the position. They didn't tell me that I was going to play right away.'

GH: You guys started 8-0 right out of the gates and jumped to a No. 4 national ranking, what was that like?
TH: 'It was a pretty good run. We played really good soccer.'

GH: What makes this year's team so successful so far?
TH: 'I think that we just get along really well as a team, both on and off the field. We are always hanging out with each other and we make a good team. There is great chemistry and flow, we have a really solid team.'

GH: What are your first impressions of Head Coach Dean Wurzberger?
TH: 'I like him. He is a funny guy and a good coach. He is a little more strict than what I am used to. Seth (Spidahl) has coached me for about five years, so I know Seth really well and they are pretty similar coaches.'

GH: Does being ranked high early in the season place any added pressure on this team?
TH: 'In a way it does. We try not to look at the rankings. We just try to come out and take one game at a time and play as hard as we can.'

GH: How does this team rebound from the two tough losses this past weekend?
TH: 'We have just been training hard and re-focusing. We need to come out strong against Stanford and apply pressure.'

GH: Does it help to be coming home to Husky Soccer Field to try and rebound?
TH: 'Coming back home feels great. It is pretty tough to play on the road in the Pac-10.'

GH: How big of a difference is it playing on the road in college as opposed to high school?
TH: 'It is a lot different because you have to fly everywhere. I was used to just taking a 15 minute drive or so to opposing schools, so you have to learn to adjust. You have to adjust to the weather and the time zone. We do a bunch of exercises to help us be ready for the games in time.'

GH: Have any of the older guys on the team taken you under their wing and shown you the Husky ways?
TH: 'All the guys have been pretty good about that. There is no one guy, they have all put in their advice and shown me around a bit to help me get acclimated.'

GH: What do you take into this weekends games?
TH: 'We just have to be ready for some tough games, especially the Sunday game. Sunday games are brutal because you are pretty tired from the game on Friday and you have to rebound and play another one.'

GH: Is that something that is tough to adjust to in college, playing games so close together?
TH: 'Well in high school we did that every now and then, but the level of play was not nearly as high. I was a little more fresh in high school because of the difference of competition levels, so I had to adjust.'

GH: What do you do for fun outside of Husky soccer?
TH: 'I like to hang out with my friends and play a bunch of sports.'

GH: Do you hang out with a lot of guys on the team?
TH: 'Yeah we do, we hang out a lot. I also have a couple of friends from high school that decided to come here as well so I get to hang out with them too.'

GH: Have you become acclimated to the area already? How do you like Seattle?
TH: 'I like Seattle a lot. It's a great area and I am glad that I chose to come here.'

GH: Good luck this weekend!
TH: 'Thanks!'

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