On The Pitch With Matt Fischer

Nov. 3, 2006

The last regular season match for the UW men's soccer team is Friday night in Corvallis as the Huskies will play Oregon State in what figures to be a 'must-win' for the team's postseason chances. As the end of the season draws near, so does the career of senior defender Matt Fischer. Fischer has shared the starting central defending duties with fellow senior Ty Harden the last three seasons and this year even got into the scoring act with three goals and one assist. This week Fischer took some time to chat with GoHuskies.com about the importance of Friday's match, what his senior night experience was like and what the future might hold for him after his playing days at UW are over.

GoHuskies.com: How much pressure is on the team with the Oregon State game being a must-win?
Matt Fischer: 'The pressure is high. We know what we have to do. OSU knocked us out last year so we know what we've got to do. We've got a great team and we're capable of beating any team in the nation. We just have to come out with the right mindset on Friday.'

GH: Does the team even remember the last time it played OSU back in September?
MF: 'I remember it because I got my first Pac-10 goal in that game. It was a good win and we played well. They are a decent side. They've had some rough luck in the Pac-10, but they can beat anyone on their good days.'

GH: Is there more incentive since Washington hasn't won in Corvallis since 2001?
MF: 'It's always an internal motivator, but right now we are more concentrated on (getting into) the playoffs. It's like a curse where something always seems to go wrong. We just have to put that behind us and get back on the right track.'

GH: You're almost done here, what do you have left to do?
MF: 'I honestly thought that this would be the year we won the Pac-10. Obviously that isn't going to happen, which is kind of beyond me. But right now it's the playoffs and we have a squad that is good enough to make it to the final four. This Friday is game number one.'

GH: What caused the struggles this team had in Pac-10 play?
MF: 'When we suffered our first loss to UCLA it was a shot to the confidence level and we came out the following the Sunday and we didn't even show up to play. That stretch was tough. Last year we had a scoring drought, but we weren't giving up goals. So as a defensive line we watched a lot of film and changed our playing style. That really helped out and brought some of the zeroes back.'

GH: How has it been adjusting to playing with a freshman goalkeeper and two other freshman defenders?
MF: 'It's been great. Everyone seemed to fit right in. Rylan [Hawkins] we played with last year and he's a great guy and great keeper. We feel perfectly confident with him behind us. The other two (Taylor Hoss and Adam Lang) have done a great job and fit in very well.'

GH: What was senior night like for you and how does it feel to be almost done?
MF: 'It was kind of weird. It's hard to think that three-and-a-half years have already gone by. It's difficult to think that every game might be the last college game I'll ever play. It's kind of exciting to think about what is beyond this, but it's kind of scary too. What am I going to do with all this free time, I don't know.'

GH: What comes next?
MF: 'I'm just going to hopefully take this team as far as it can go and then see whatever doors open up. Maybe I'll try out with the Sounders and go from there. I'm sure I'll be playing soccer somewhere, I can't see myself sitting around.'

GH: Is work anywhere in the near future?
MF: 'I can't see myself joining the working force right away. I would like to play somewhere if that opportunity presents itself. But if need be I'll join the working force. Right now I can't picture myself as a working man. I'm getting my degree in economics and we'll see where that takes me.'

GH: Thanks for your time and good luck this weekend.
MF: 'Thanks!'

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